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Simon Cameron
d.26 Jun 1889 Maytown, Pennsylvania
Facts and Events
Name[1] Simon Cameron
Gender Male
Birth[2] 8 Mar 1799 Maytown, Pennsylvania
Marriage to Margaret Brua
Death[2] 26 Jun 1889 Maytown, Pennsylvania
Reference Number? Q1348975?
Burial[3] Harrisburg Cemetery, Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania

U.S. Senator, Cabinet Secretary, and diplomat. Served as Secretary of War under President Abraham Lincoln. He served four terms as a Senator from Pennsylvania. He was the Adjutant General for the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and later served as Minister to Russia.

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  1. MacColl, Gail, and Carol McD. Wallace. To Marry an English Lord. (New York: Workman Publishing, 1989).
  2. 2.0 2.1 Simon Cameron, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.

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    Simon Cameron (March 8, 1799June 26, 1889) was an American politician who served as United States Secretary of War for Abraham Lincoln at the start of the American Civil War. Cameron made his fortune in railways, canals and banking, founding the Bank of Middletown.<ref></ref> He then turned to a life of politics. He became a U.S. senator in 1845 for the state of Pennsylvania, succeeding James Buchanan. Originally a Democrat, he failed to secure a nomination for senator from the Know-Nothing party, and joined the People's Party, the Pennsylvania branch of what became the Republican Party. He won the Senate seat in 1857, and became one of the candidates for the Republican nomination in the presidential election of 1860.

    Cameron gave his support to Abraham Lincoln, and became his Secretary of War. He only served a year before resigning amidst corruption. Cameron became the minister to Russia during the Civil War, but was overseas for less than a year. He again served in the Senate, eventually being succeeded by his son, J. Donald Cameron, and only resigned from the Senate upon confirmation that his son would succeed him. Cameron built a powerful state party machine that would dominate Pennsylvania politics long after his death.

  3. Find A Grave, Simon Cameron.