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Roscoe Conkling
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U.S. Senator
    (October 30, 1829-April 18, 1888)
    Born in Albany, New York
    U.S. Representative (1859-63,1865-67) and Senator (1867-81) from New York
    Republican
    He was a lawyer.
    As leader of the Stalwart faction in the Republican Party, he unsuccessfully campaigned for U.S. Grant to get a third presidential term.
    He was a notorious nymphomaniac.
    Caught in bed with glamorous socialite Kate Chase, he was chased out the backdoor of her summer estate by her shotgun-wielding husband, Rhode Island governor William Sprague IV.
    He rejected a Supreme Court appointment, despite having already been confirmed by the Senate.
    He resigned the Senate due to conflicts with President Garfield.
    He worked tirelessly for the rights of the poor and powerless.
    His support for African Americans never wavered, with him opposing the Supreme Court's infamous Dred Scott decision, framing the 14th and 15th Amendments and impactful in the passage of the 1875 Civil Rights Act.
    He wed Julia Seymour, the sister of New York's Democratic governor (1855).
    He proved an eloquent, passionate and skilled statesman.
    He died from walking in a blizzard in New York City.
    Due to his popularity and colorful personality, his name became popular for baby boys, including Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle.
    From the pose featured on the statue, the man evidently possessed immense swagger. (See photo.)

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