Edwin M. Stanton (1814-1869)

Edwin McMasters Stanton was the secretary of war under Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. Stanton worked closely with the radicals in Congress and used his influence with Lincoln to advance their program. When Johnson tried to remove Stanton from office, Stanton barricaded himself in his office. The radicals in Congress, claiming that Johnson’s actions violated the Tenure of Office Act, initiated impeachment proceedings against him. He was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Ulysses S. Grant, but died four days after his confirmation.

1863 circa 5 years
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