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Thomas Hart Benton personally opposed extension of slavery into the territories, yet he diligently attempted to reconcile opposing interests in his state. By the late 1840s, the slavery issue had become so divisive that Congress had to struggle to create a makeshift, awkward palliative, the so-called Compromise of 1850. A product of the nation's ablest statesmen, the compromise only delayed the seemingly inevitable conflict between North and South. The Kansas Territory became the focal point of conflict between free-soilers and slavery advocates.
Denver Merchant and Booster 33 4. Opportunities in the Rockies 47 5. Front Range Cattleman 65 6. Family Man and Civic Leader 87 7. Twilight of a Distinguished Career 115 8. Thinker and Writer 141 Notes 159 Bibliographic Comment 175 Index 177 Page vii Foreword So fleet the works of men back to the earth again; Ancient and holy things fade like a dream. These lines by the English poet Charles Kingsley were inscribed on the drop curtain of the Tabor Grand Opera House in Denver. Henry Miller Porter must certainly have read them on one occasion or another when he was in that opera house.
24 The early 1850s marked railroad-building efforts in Missouri. State legislators providing subsidies for railroads naturally wanted rail service for the capital; thus, one of the earliest lines connected St. Louis and Jefferson City. In 1854 the first Page 8 westbound train from St. Louis was scheduled to arrive in Jefferson City. The event spawned a festive occasion of almost unprecedented proportions in Cole County. Residents hitched wagons and came from miles away to witness the gala event.