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April 1989
320 pages  

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Galusha A. Grow
The People’s Candidate
Ilisevich, Robert
A compelling political biography of Galusha A. Grow, an often-overlooked, yet influential radical American politician of the nineteenth century, who became Speaker of the House in 1861.

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Robert D. Ilisevich, formerly a professor of American history at Alliance College, is an archivist for the Crawford County Historical Society, and the author of five books on Pennsylvania history.
“A clearly written, carefully considered, well-researched book that merits the attention of the period's political historians.”—Choice

“The present volume commences the reassessment of an important political figure and will prove useful to students of the period. Written in a clear and straightforward way, it will also engage the interest of many general readers.”—American Historical Review

“Robert Ilisevich has presented a useful interpretation of Galusha Grow's political career [and] done his subject a valuable service in helping to rescue him from undeserved obscurity.”—Journal of American History

“What Professor Ilisevich has provided is in large part a study of Pennsylvania politics during the ante-bellum and post-Civil War years with attention centered on the political career of Galusha A. Grow.”—Pennsylvania History

“Ilisevich has undertaken the heroic job of rescuing Grow from seeming historical oblivion. . . . Solidly written and interesting.”—Journal of Erie Studies

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Robert Ilisevich presents a compelling political biography of Galusha A. Grow, an often-overlooked, yet influential American politician during the nineteenth century.

Galusha Grow served six terms in the House of Representatives, from 1851 to 1863, representing the district of northeastern Pennsylvania. His concern for the working poor and antislavery views made him a radical Free-Soiler and led to his support of the Homestead Act of 1862.



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