: This image is a photographic reproduction of a portrait of Edwin McMasters Stanton, Secretary of War during the American Civil War (1861-1865). The full-length portrait shows Stanton seated at a table, facing left, with a pen and a piece of paper in his hands. Several pieces of paper with handwriting lay scattered on the tabletop. Stanton is wearing eyeglasses and has a long, pointed beard. According the Library of Congress, the original steel engraving of this image is based on a painting by Thomas Nast.
Edwin M. Stanton (1814-1869), a lawyer born in Steubenville, Ohio, was appointed attorney general of the United States in 1860 in the administration of President James Buchanan. President Abraham Lincoln named him Secretary of War in 1862. After Lincoln's assassination, Stanton continued to serve as Secretary of War under President Andrew Johnson. However, Stanton became involved in the unsuccessful attempt to remove Johnson from office. In May 1868 he resigned his cabinet position. President Ulysses S. Grant nominated Stanton to the U.S. Supreme Court, and the U.S. Senate confirmed the appointment in December 1869. However, Stanton died on December 24 before he could take the oath of office and take his seat on the Court. View on Ohio Memory.
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: Stanton, Edwin McMasters, 1814-1869; Portraits; Cabinet officers--United States;Ohio History--Presidents and Politics; Engravings (prints); United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865 Places
: Edwin M. Stanton photograph