Politicians

Photo of Confederate President Jefferson Davis

An enormous range of beliefs flowed across the political landscape of pre-Civil War America, and this is reflected in the rise and fall of a dozen different political parties that tried and failed to find a unifying political strategy that would end sectional strife. Only the events of April 12, 1861 would clarify this landscape and politicians of every description welcomed it… at first.

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  • Martin Van Buren National Historic Site

    Martin Van Buren

    Photo of President Martin Van Buren

    Martin Van Buren was elected eighth President of the United States in 1836 after serving as Andrew Jackson's Secretary of State and Vice President. Involved in New York state politics from the age of 17, Van Buren organized the first state-wide political organization, the Bucktails, whose leaders were known as the Albany Regency. Read more

  • Oliver Perry Morton

    Photo of Oliver Morton

    Oliver Morton was an ardent Unionist, Republican Party member and Governor of Indiana during the American Civil War. His tenure was marked by repeated clashes with the more conservative Indian State Legislature from which he usually emerged victorious. He became a U.S. Senator in 1867 and joined the so-called radical wing of the Party in struggles over Southern reconstruction. Read more

  • Patrick Francis Healy

    Photo of Patrick Healy

    Patrick Healy was the son of a Georgia planter and enslaved mother who rose to become a Jesuit priest and the first African American President of Georgetown University. Read more

  • Schuyler Colfax

    Schuyler Colfax was a journalist, politician and leader of the so-called "radical" wing of the Republican Party in the 1850s and 1860s. He served as Speaker of the House of Representatives from 1863 to 1865 and again from1865 to 1867 and was selected as Ulysses S. Grant's running mate in 1868. Read more

  • Stephen A. Douglas

    Stephen A. Douglas was an Illinois Senator and opponent of Abraham Lincoln in their senatorial contest of 1858 and in the presidential race of 1860. Despite this, when war erupted between the states in 1861, Douglas threw his whole-hearted support behind Lincoln's efforts to preserve the Union by any means necessary. Read more

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