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McQueen's University of North Carolina Baccalaureate Address of 1839

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McQueen's University of North Carolina Baccalaureate Address of 1839

 

 


McQueen's University of North Carolina Baccalaureate Address of 1839

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Background

Hugh McQueen (1800-1855) was an attorney whose devotion to educational reform spanned his careers in North Carolina's House of Commons, Senate, and constitutional convention of 1835. In 1839, he was one of the pioneer advocates of public education and fought for the establishment of free schools. He was North Carolina's attorney general from 1840 - 1842, when he resigned and moved to Texas.

On page 43 of this pamphlet, McQueen regales against the ascendancy of political expediency over the common good. This long-held opinion was the source of his 1834 work in opposition to the "right of instruction," a controversial doctrine in the development of representative government holding that state legislatures could instruct federal senators. In the North Carolina legislature, Mr. McQueen introduced a resolution that the people in their sovereign capacity--not the legislature--possess the right of instructing senators.

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