James Harlan (1820-1899)

James Harlan's political career was filled with controversy. In 1855 he was elected U.S. Senator from Iowa. Because of an irregularity in the election he vacated his seat in 1857, but in 1860 was chosen for a second term. He was very close to President Lincoln. At the beginning of Lincoln's second term, Harlan was appointed secretary of the interior. Charges of corruption persisted throughout his tenure. He resigned in 1866. Later that year he was elected to the Senate again and remained until he was defeated in 1872. His daughter Mary wed Robert Todd Lincoln in 1866.

1863 circa 5 years
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Mathew Brady
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