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Ehrgott & Forbriger Lithography Company, active 1856 - 1869  Search this
Edwin McMasters Stanton, 19 Dec 1814 - 24 Dec 1869  Search this
Lithograph on paper
Image: 33.7 × 23.6 cm (13 1/4 × 9 5/16")
Sheet: 40.2 × 28.9 cm (15 13/16 × 11 3/8")
c. 1862
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Born Steubenville, Ohio
This portrait of Edwin Stanton was published by Ehrgott & Forbriger as part of a series of prints commemorating United States political figures at the height of the Civil War. In 1862, Stanton was appointed secretary of war, becoming an influential adviser to President Abraham Lincoln and playing an important administrative role in the Union’s success. In the wake of Lincoln’s assassination, Stanton took charge of the prosecution of the conspirators, who were tried through a military tribunal. Stanton initially remained in his cabinet position under President Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, but Stanton opposed Johnson’s reluctance to require the former Confederate states to guarantee civil rights to former slaves. Johnson’s efforts to remove Stanton led to the president’s impeachment. Johnson survived the effort, and Stanton resigned. He was later appointed to the Supreme Court by President Ulysses S. Grant, but died before joining the Court.
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Edwin McMasters Stanton: Male  Search this
Edwin McMasters Stanton: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
Edwin McMasters Stanton: Politics and Government\Cabinet Member\US Attorney General  Search this
Edwin McMasters Stanton: Politics and Government\Cabinet Member\Secretary of War  Search this
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the Kiplinger Family
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