Sunday, June 08, 2008

Another Unfair Quiz

What do Herschel V. Johnson of Georgia, well-known fire-eater William Lowndes Yancey of Alabama, Georgia Whig, Know-Nothing and Constitutional Union party member Benjamin H. Hill, and a Georgia judge by the name of Francis Coner have in common? It's something that relates to Alexander Stephens.

Unrelated to the quiz, I cannot fail to express my amazement that Herschel V. Johnson's middle name was "Vespasian." Why on earth would you give your child that name?


  1. Anonymous11:45 AM


    Thanks for including my blog, The Dougout, in your "Blogs of Note" column with some stellar company.

  2. Anonymous11:47 AM

    I would guess that Stephens challenged each of these men to a duel, though I'm not familiar with Judge Coner, and don't recall Stephens challenging Yancey.

    Ben Hill's dismissal of Stephens' challenge, as told by Merton Coulter, is especially entertaining.


  3. decon,

    You are the man! I'm on a balky dial-up connection at the moment, but I'll post separately on the good judge, probably tomorrow. The other three men declined Stephens' challenges, as you suggest.


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