Columbus Delano (1809-1896)

Columbus Delano was a congressman from Ohio from 1845-47 and again from 1865-69. In 1870 he became the secretary of the interior under Ulysses S. Grant. In his five years as secretary, he implemented Grant's "peace policy" toward the Indians, which advocated the extermination of the buffalo to force Native Americans onto reservations. During Delano's tenure there were serious allegations of fraud within the Bureau of Indian Affairs, which was under him, charging that inferior goods were supplied to reservations. Delano resigned in 1875 under a cloud.

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