Reports of Congressional Duel Prompt Recollection of Bowdoin Alumnus, US Rep. Jonathan Cilley

Silhouette of Jonathan Cilley, of the Class of 1825

U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, a four-term Texas Republican, told a Corpus Christi radio host that “female senators from the Northeast” were “absolutely repugnant” in their act of opposing the recent GOP health care plan, and went on to add: “If it was a guy from South Texas, I might ask him to step outside and settle this Aaron Burr-style.”

Talk of a congressional duel prompted some to recall U.S. Rep. Jonathan Cilley of Maine, a member of the Class of 1825, who “wound up dead in the dirt,” reports the Sun Journal, after accepting a challenge from U.S. Rep. William Graves of Kentucky to “preserve the honor of the New England states.”

Professor of History Patrick Rael shared some insight with local ABC affiliate WMTW. Watch the clip here.

For more on Cilley and his fate, check out “A Bowdoin Grad and the End of the Duel” in the Winter 2015 issue of Bowdoin Magazine.

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