Nathaniel Banks

politician of Massachusetts and general of the Union Army (1816-1894)

Nathaniel Prentice Banks (30 January 18171 September 1894) was an American politician from Massachusetts and a Union general during the Civil War. A millworker by background, Banks was prominent in local debating societies, and his oratorical skills were noted by the Democratic Party. However, his abolitionist views fitted him better for the nascent Republican Party, through which he became Speaker of the United States House of Representatives and Governor of Massachusetts in the 1850s.

Nathaniel P. Banks


  • Stop men! Don't you love you're country?
  • 'Yes, by God, and I'm trying to get back to it just as fast as I can!' (Response to Nathaniel Banks)
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