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Stephen Douglas
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Religion: Baptist
Date of Birth: 1813
Date of Death: 1861
Cause of Death: Typhoid fever
Occupation: Politician, Lawer
Spouse: Martha Martin

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Affiliations: Democratic Party
Turtledove Appearances:
Southern Victory
POD: September 10, 1862
Appearance(s): Throughout series
Type of Appearance: Posthumous references
"Lee at the Alamo"
POD: Decebmer 13, 1860
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
The Disunited States of America
POD: July, 1787
Type of Appearance: Poshtumous reference
Nationality: Unknown

The Two Georges
POD: c. mid-1760s
Type of Appearance: Posthumous reference
Nationality: North American Union

Stephen Arnold Douglas (1813-1861) was a politician in the United States in the period leading up to the American Civil War. A Democrat, Douglas's career closely coincided with that of Abraham Lincoln, and the two were lifelong rivals. They ran against one another in elections for a wide variety of elected offices and even competed for the hand of Mary Todd.

In 1860, Douglas lost the Presidential election to Lincoln when the Southern wing of the Democratic Party refused to support him as the national nominee in punishment for his rejection of Scott v Stanford and split the Democratic vote along regional lines.

Douglas urged the South to accept the result of the election and denounced secession as criminal. He promised to support Lincoln during the American Civil War, ensuring that the war would be a bipartisan effort.

Douglas died of typhoid  on June 3, 1861, about a month and a half after the Civil War began.

Stephen Douglas in Southern VictoryEdit

In later generations, many Americans believed Stephen Douglas to have been a reasonable man who could have prevented the War of Secession had he won the 1860 election. However, this position is extremely problematic given the political conditions of the time and Douglas's own record for acquiescing to Southern interests.

Douglas was not so well-regarded among his contemporaries. For instance, when Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass were debating Lincoln's intent to revise the platform of the Republican Party, Lincoln quipped that after all these years he was once again in "a Lincoln-Douglass debate," in reference to his long-ago 1858 Senatorial debate against his rival in which he forced Douglas to choose between maintaining his advocacy in popular sovereignty and supporting the Supreme Court's recent Scot v Sanford decision, thus ensuring that his upcoming Presidential run would fracture the Democratic Party along regional lines and open the door for a Republican victory.

For his part, Douglass testily informed Lincoln that he did not appreciate being compared to Douglas.

Stephen Douglas in "Lee at the Alamo"Edit

In the face of Benjamin McCulloch's appeals to Robert E. Lee's Southern identity to support the right of Texas to secede from the Union before the inauguration of Abraham Lincoln as President, Lee privately reflected that he would have preferred for any of Lincoln's three opponents (Stephen Douglas, John Breckinridge, or John Bell) to have won the election. Nevertheless, he was determined to perform his duty to the government no matter who headed it.

Stephen Douglas in The Disunited States of AmericaEdit

Stephen Douglas was a prominent figure in an alternate where the United States failed. When Beckie Royer suggested that Justin Monroe acted as if he'd never heard of the rounders player George Herman, Ted Snodgrass cited Stephen Douglas as a person, like Herman, that everyone had heard of.

Stephen Douglas in The Two GeorgesEdit

During Stephen Douglas's tenure as Governor-General of the North American Union, the NAU expanded its borders past the Rocky Mountains. Colonel Thomas Bushell of the Royal American Mounted Police considered Douglas to be "short" and "roly-poly." In 1995, his portrait was one of a number of former Governors-General hung in America's Number 10, the Governor-General's residence in Victoria.

Political offices
Preceded by
New District
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois's 5th congressional district
Succeeded by
William Alexander Richardson
Preceded by
James Semple
United States Senator from Illinois
Succeeded by
Orville H. Browning
Party political offices
Preceded by
James Buchanan
Democratic Party Presidential Candidate
Succeeded by
George McClellan
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