Occie Clubbs


While few of Stephen Mallory’s recorded speeches in the United States Senate are great oratorical efforts, most of them are replete with logic and some are eloquent. The reader today is especially impressed with his breadth of information and with the pertinancy of his arguments to the subject as well as often to the interests of his constituents. The savoire faire for which he was famous and of which Pensacolians, contemporaries of his, still speak, was never found wanting, even when debate became acrimonious or when an issue was decided contrary to his wishes. It must be recalled that he served in the decade when the slavery question “found its highest activity and decisive culmination," following the Compromise of 1850, the Kansas-Nebraska Act, the Dred Scott Decision, and John Brown’s activities. Senator Mallory remained level-headed and rational through all.