POD: c 85,000,000 BCE;
Relevant POD: 1452
|Type of Appearance:||Direct|
|Nationality:||United States of Atlantis|
|Political Office(s):||Senator from Penzance|
Hiram Radcliffe was an Atlantean Senator from the northern state of Penzance. A short and fat man, Radcliffe wore mutton chops that met in a mustache, looking nothing like his more famous relative, Victor Radcliff.
During the Atlantean Servile Insurrection, Radcliffe approached Consul Leland Newton to discuss Newton's plans. While Radcliffe had little use for the chattel slavery of the southern states, he did come to view the rebellion in New Marseille as a danger to the country. He also expressed his worry that if the Atlantean government did not directly intervene, the situation might grow such that southern whites would feel compelled to wipe out all of the Negroes and copperskins in the country, but that with intervention, some rational result might be achieved that would address the slaves' grievances.
When Newton expressed concerns that his co-consul, Jeremiah Stafford, who was a southern man, would have control of the Atlantean Army on alternating days, Radcliffe shared his faith in Newton's ability to reign in Stafford's excesses. He also assured Newton that there was a sufficient number of senators who agreed with Radcliffe that a resolution for direct intervention would easily carry. Before taking his leave, Radcliffe also suggested that through his inaction, Newton might make himself a target for assassination.
While Newton was uncomfortable with Radcliffe's position, he ultimately saw Radcliffe's point, and announced that the federal government would intervene.