Rantoul, Robert

Rantoul, Robert

(1805–52) lawyer, reformer; born in Beverly, Mass. He practiced law in Salem and Boston and helped shape Democratic Party policy. As a member of the state legislature and in speeches and articles, he advocated free trade, religious tolerance, public education, collective bargaining, and temperance; he opposed slavery, corporate wealth, and the death penalty. He served briefly in the U.S. Senate (Dem., Mass.; 1851) and House of Representatives (Dem., Mass.; 1851–52).
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