|Birth Day:||January 20, 1814|
|Death Date:||March 16, 1868(1868-03-16) (aged 54)
Towanda, Pennsylvania, US
As per our current Database, David Wilmot died on March 16, 1868(1868-03-16) (aged 54)
Towanda, Pennsylvania, US.
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Born on January 20, 1814, in Bethany, Pennsylvania, Wilmot completed preparatory studies at the local Beech Woods Academy and at the Cayuga Lake Academy at Aurora, Cayuga County, New York, then read law with Pennsylvania state judge William Jessup in Montrose, Pennsylvania and with George Washington Woodward in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania in August 1834. He was admitted to the bar of Bradford County, Pennsylvania and entered private practice in Towanda, Bradford County, Pennsylvania from 1834 to 1844.
Wilmot was the son of Randall (1792–1876) and Mary (née Grant) Wilmot (1792–1820). His father was a well-to-do merchant, and David's early life was a comfortable one. In 1836, he married Anna Morgan. The couple had three children, none of whom survived childhood.
In August 1846, an appropriations bill for $2 million to be used by the President in negotiating a treaty of peace with Mexico was introduced in the United States House of Representatives. Wilmot immediately offered the following amendment:
In an 1848 speech, Wilmot responded to critics who called him a radical abolitionist by pointing to Thomas Jefferson's proposed Land Ordinance of 1784, which would have banned slavery in a large portion of western territory slated for federal expansion.
By 1848 Wilmot was thoroughly identified as a Free Soiler, but, like many other Free Soilers, he did not oppose the expansion of slavery based on a legal rejection of the short-term existence of the institution itself, but rather because he felt slavery was detrimental to the interests of whites. In fact, he sometimes referred to the Wilmot proviso as the "White Man's Proviso". In a speech in the House, Wilmot said, "I plead the cause and the rights of white freemen [and] I would preserve to free white labor a fair country, a rich inheritance, where the sons of toil, of my own race and own color, can live without the disgrace which association with negro slavery brings upon free labor." Around the same time, however, Wilmot, in a New York speech, spoke of the ultimate demise of slavery when he argued, "Keep it within given limits …and in time it will wear itself out. Its existence can only be perpetuated by constant expansion. … Slavery has within itself the seeds of its own destruction."
Wilmot was presented as the Free Soil candidate for Speaker of the United States House of Representatives in 1849 and was soon at odds with the mainstream Pennsylvania Democratic Party led by James Buchanan. Wilmot was forced to withdraw from the 1850 Congressional elections in favor of the more moderate Galusha A. Grow.
Wilmot was President Judge of the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas for the Thirteenth Judicial District from 1851 to 1861. He took a leading part in the founding of the Republican Party in 1854. He was Chairman of the Republican Party platform committee, was a delegate to the 1856 Republican National Convention and worked vigorously for the first Republican presidential candidate, John C. Fremont, in the 1856 election. He was an unsuccessful Republican candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania in 1857, losing to William F. Packer.
Wilmot was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of United States Senator Simon Cameron and served from March 14, 1861, to March 3, 1863. He was not a candidate for reelection in 1862. He was a member of the Peace Convention of 1861, held in Washington, D.C., in an effort to devise means to prevent the impending American Civil War.
Wilmot was nominated by President Abraham Lincoln on March 6, 1863, to the Court of Claims (later the United States Court of Claims), to a new seat authorized by 12 Stat. 765. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 7, 1863, and received his commission the same day. His service terminated on March 16, 1868, due to his death in Towanda. He was interred in Riverside Cemetery in Towanda.
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