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Soldiers in Suits: Politicians during the Civil War

Governor Andrew Curtin

Pennsylvania Governor Andrew Curtin invited twelve other governors to the Loyal War Governors' Conference. The meeting helped turn the tide of the war – and solidify our values as a nation.

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Mayor Alexander Henry

While war waged all around, Philadelphia Mayor Alexander Henry kept the peace in Philadelphia. Learn how his efforts helped Philadelphia become the "Arsenal of the North."

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Simon Cameron

Simon Cameron went from the U.S. Senate to the Cabinet and back again…with just a brief detour to Russia. Learn about this consummate politician’s eminent – and sometimes rocky – career.

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Thaddeus Stevens

Despite a childhood of severe poverty, Thaddeus Stevens, a successful lawyer and senator, fought courageously against slavery, and helped manage post-war reconstruction of the South.

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