John Parker Hale was born March 31, 1806 in Rochester, New Hampshire. In 1834 he was appointed U.S. district attorney until 1841. The following year he won a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he came to prominence as a champion of anti-slavery. In 1846 he won a seat in the U.S. Senate. His major achievement as a senator was the passage of a bill abolishing flogging in the Navy.
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