The President and Negro Suffrage

January 15, 1866


Newspapers across the nation discuss the speculative approval of the District of Columbia Suffrage bill.


The statement made by Hon. William D. Kelley, of Pennsylvania, that the President had assured him that he would favor negro suffrage in the District of Columbia, is positively contradicted by the friends of the President, who assert that he has given no such intimation to nay person whatever.- New York News Returning a moment to the question of colored suffrage in the District of Columbia, it is proper to say that its real purpose is to signalize and crown the event by the election of a colored man for Mayor of the city of Washington. Without inquiring what chance of success the scheme has, it is certain thatch is the "undeclared" purpose of the bill introduced by the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives.- New York Times
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