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Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton
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Born in Steubenville in 1814, Edwin McMasters Stanton studied at Kenyon College and opened his law practice in Cadiz in 1836. The grandson of North Carolina slaveholders, Stanton opposed slavery. A successful railroad attorney and War Democrat at the beginning of the Civil War, he accepted the challenge of reorganizing President Abraham Lincoln's War Department. Stanton enforced unpopular draft laws, fought draft, restricted the press, and nationalized the railroads. An effective planner and logistician, Stanton moved 20,000 soldiers more than 1,200 miles in a week by railroad to relieve the siege of Chattanooga in 1863. Following Lincoln's assassination, Stanton clashed with President Andrew Johnson and provoked the act that led to Johnson's impeachment. He died four days after President Ulysses S. Grant appointed him to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1869.
301 Market Street, Jefferson County Courthouse
Steubenville, OH 43952
SE corner of Market Street and N 3rd Street to the left of the Edwin Stanton statue
Latitude: 40.3597200, Longitude: -80.6137640.
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