Confederate states. Washington acted discreetly to avoid controversy in Philadelphia, which had a strong Quaker abolitionist community. 19 In Pittsburgh, for example, during the September following the passage of the law, organized "squads" of escaped slaves, armed and sworn to "die rather than be taken back into slavery set out for Canada, with more than 200 men leaving by the end. Floyd warned that nullification could push the South toward secession, while President Millard Fillmore threatened to use the army to enforce the Fugitive Slave Act in Vermont. By the time Lincoln took office in March 1861, seven states had seceded but war had not yet broken out. If a person found refuge in a free state, the act expanded the number of federal officials who could order their rendition back into slavery.
If Washington could have got her and her child, they were constitutionally his; and if Mrs. 6 Washington made two attempts to seize her shortly afterwards, even enlisting the help of the Secretary of the Treasury Oliver Wolcott. Autobiography of the Rev. That specific claim is oversimplified. The act also simplified the legal steps required by the owner to prove his claim and required the state to bear any costs involved. Western Pennsylvania Historical Magazine. Virginia governor John.