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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Alexander Hamilton Stephens on philosophical, race, white-man, war, humanity, integrity, education and civil-war.

9 Mind-Blowing Quotes By Alexander Hamilton Stephens

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Famous As: American Politician

Born On: February 11, 1812

Died On: March 4, 1883

Born In: Taliaferro County

Died At Age: 71

Alexander Hamilton Stephens was a renowned American politician. During the American Civil War, he served as the Vice President of the Confederate States Of America. He served as the 50th Governor of Georgia. Being a member of the Democratic Party, Stephens also rendered his services in the United States House of Representatives. He took his seat in 1843 after serving in both the houses and after winning election to Congress. He strongly opposed the Mexican-American War and became a dominant Southern Whig. In 1850s when the Whig party crumpled he eventually teamed up with the Democratic Party. Following are some quotable quotes and sayings by Alexander Hamilton Stephens which have been excerpted from his thoughts, views, speeches, work, opinions and life. Read through the quotes and sayings by Alexander Hamilton Stephens that will give you a quick look into his political mind.

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Away with the idea of getting independence first, and looking for liberty afterwards... Our liberties, once lost, may be lost forever.

Alexander Hamilton Stephens

Davis was weak and vascillating, timid, petulant, peevish, obstinate, but not firm.

Alexander Hamilton Stephens

All the genius I have lies in this; when I have a subject in hand, I study it profoundly.

Alexander Hamilton Stephens

The greatest curse that can befall a free people, is civil war.

Alexander Hamilton Stephens

Its foundations are laid, its cornerstone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery . . . is his natural and normal condition.

Alexander Hamilton Stephens

Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner- stone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth.

Alexander Hamilton Stephens

As a race, the African is inferior to the white man. Subordination to the white man is his normal condition. He is not his equal by nature and cannot be made so by human laws or human institutions. Our system, therefore, so far as regards this inferior race, rests upon this great immutable law of nature.

Alexander Hamilton Stephens

If centralism is ultimately to prevail; if our entire system of free Institutions as established by our common ancestors is to be subverted, and an Empire is to be established in their stead; if that is to be the last scene of the great tragic drama now being enacted: then, be assured, that we of the South will be acquitted, not only in our own consciences, but in the judgment of mankind, of all responsibility for so terrible a catastrophe, and from all guilt of so great a crime against humanity.

Alexander Hamilton Stephens

These ceremonies and the National Statuary Hall will teach the youth of the land in succeeding generations as they come and go that the chief end of human effort in a sublunary view should be usefulness to mankind, and that all true fame which should be perpetuated by public pictures, statues, and monuments, is to be acquired only by noble deeds and high achievements and the establishment of a character founded upon the principles of truth, uprightness, and inflexible integrity.

Alexander Hamilton Stephens