Eulogy of the Dog September 23, George Graham Vest served in the United States Senate for twenty-four years, from tobut the act for which he is best remembered is a speech delivered in an insignificant court case while he was still a lawyer in rural Missouri.
It flies away from him, perhaps when he needs it the most.
During the Civil War, he was a member of the Confederate Congress. However, while en route, he stopped in Pettis County, Missouriwhere he defended a young African-American man accused of murder. The following year, he briefly served as judge advocate with the Army of Missouri, commanded by former Governor Sterling Price.
George Graham Vest - c. Senator from Missouri from to and became one of the leading orators and debaters of his time.
When the Civil War broke out Vest was a strong "states rights" advocate during the Missouri secession crisis, and eventually sided with the Confederacy. He introduced and eventually helped pass legislation that required the Secretary of Interior to submit concession and construction contracts to the Senate for oversight thus stifling potential corruption and abuses.
He proposed the Secession Ordinance that was passed by the Missouri legislature in October During the trial, Vest ignored the testimony, and when his turn came to present a summation to the jury, he made the following speech and won the case.