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Tomb of John C. Calhoun Charleston.
Calhoun's tomb in Charleston, South Carolina

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John C. Calhoun Was Born
March 18, 1782

Too ill to read the speech himself, he asked another senator, James Murray Mason of Virginia, to read it. In Calhoun's usual tone, it accused the North of aggression and shunned compromise. He proposed that the North and South should part in peace as two separate nations if they could not settle their differences. But Congress voted for compromise. Calhoun died shortly after, in 1850, ending a full and very focused political life. Have you ever known someone with a temperament like John Calhoun's? Would ideas that you strongly believe in make you fight this way?
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