Tag Archives: J. B. Grinnell

History of the Butterfly, Part 108: Grinnell’s Reply

Rousseau was apparently not present when on February 6, 1866 Mr. Grinnell gave his speech on the Freedmen’s Bureau reauthorization bill.  He called Rousseau on a statement he had made a on the third.  He also insulted the state of … Continue reading

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The History of the Butterfly, Part 107: Rousseau’s Speech

Historical reports about Grinnell and Rousseau often state that the assault was because Mr. Grinnell insulted Rousseau personally and insulted the State of Kentucky.  That is true, but that is not the whole story. The Congressional Globe recorded debates that … Continue reading

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News About the Butterfly

Oarisma poweshiek, the Poweshiek skipper has been added to a list by the US Fish and Wildlife Service that is published annually.  It is now a “candidate” for listing as a threatened or endangered species. This is a photo of the butterfly, … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 106: Another View

The National Republican was a Washington D.C. newspaper that started operation during Lincoln’s years in office and promoted, not surprisingly, causes aligned with the Republican Party. On the day after Rousseau’s assault on Grinnell, here is what they wrote about … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, part 105: Grinnell’s Side of the Story

From:  Men and Events of Forty Years, J.B. Grinnell, 1891: I never saw a man struck by another with a blow in anger until I was called to in a friendly voice on the porch of the capitol of Washington, … Continue reading

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The History of the Butterfly, part 104: Grinnell Gets Rattaned

June 13, 1866 was a pretty momentous day in the United States Congress.  On that day, Congress passed the bill that would become the 14th amendment to the Constitution. The 14th amendment is pretty significant.  The 13th abolished slavery, but … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, part 9: Prairie Fire

Josiah B. Grinnell was on his deathbed when he finished his autobiography, Men and Events of Forty Years, Autobiographical Reminiscences of an Active Career, 1850 to 1890 .  He asked his longtime friend and Auburn Theological Seminary classmate, Henry W. Parker (the poet who … Continue reading

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