Preston Brooks

(Preston Smith Brooks)

Preston Brooks
Preston Brooks
  • Born: August 5, 1819
  • Died: January 27, 1857
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Politician

8

Quotes

2

Citations

17

Concepts

0

Videos

Preston Smith Brooks was an American politician and Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from South Carolina, serving from 1853 until his resignation in July 1856 and again from August 1856 until his death.

Quotes
Quote Topics Cited
Every Southern man sustains me. The fragments of the stick are begged for as sacred relicts. . Miscellaneous ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
Some time since a Senator from Massachusetts allowed himself, in an elaborately prepared speech, to offer a gross insult to my State, and to a venerable friend, who is my State representative, and who was absent at the time. Not content with that, he published to the world, and circulated extensively, this uncalled for libel on my State and my blood. Whatever insults my State insults me. Her history and character have commanded my pious veneration; and in her defense I hope I shall always be prepared, humbly and modestly, to perform the duty of a son. I should have forfeited my own self-respect, and perhaps the good opinion of my countrymen, if I had failed to resent such an injury by calling the offender in question to a personal account. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
But if I had committed a breach of privilege, it was the privilege of the Senate, and not of this House, which was violated. I was answerable there and not here.
But, sir, they have written me down upon the history of the country as worthy of expulsion, and in no unkindness I must tell them that for all future time my self-respect requires that I shall pass them as strangers. Time ;Future ;History
I should have forfeited my own self-respect, and perhaps the good opinion of my countrymen, if I had failed to resent such an injury by calling the offender in question to a personal account.
If I desired to kill the senator why did I not do it? You all admit that I had him in my power. Power
They had no right, as it seems to me, to prosecute me in these Halls; nor have you the right in law or under the Constitution, as I respectfully submit, to take jurisdiction over offenses committed against them.
Whatever insults my State insults me.

Trending Quotes