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Cameron, Simon (1799-1889) to Robert G. White

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05891.11 Author/Creator: Cameron, Simon (1799-1889) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 30 January 1860 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Discusses the upcoming Republican Presidential Convention in Chicago, at which he is a delegate. Worries that the plan to have the delegates vote by district, and not as a coalition, will greatly weaken his power and reduce his support among the delegates from his home state of Pennsylvania. Marked "Confidential." Cameron served as Secretary of War under Lincoln from 1861-1862. He also served a number of terms as a U.S. senator from Pennsylvania (1845-1849; 1857-1861; 1867-1877). Cameron remained a power broker in national and Pennsylvania politics throughout his life. White, a district court judge in Pennsylvania, was a friend and political ally.

People: Cameron, Simon, 1799-1889.
White, Robert Gray, 1807-1875.

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: Government and Civics, Politics, Election, Republican Party, President

Sub Era: Age of Jackson Lincoln