Elihu Benjamin Washburne

Elihu Benjamin Washburne

Livermore, Androscoggin County, Maine, USA
Death 22 Oct 1887 (aged 71)
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Galena, Jo Daviess County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 6789407 · View Source
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U.S. Congressman. He was editor of the Kennebec Journal, studied law at Harvard Law School in 1839, was admitted to the bar in 1840 and commenced the practice of law in Galena, Illinois. In 1853, he was elected as a Whig to the Thirty-third Congress and reelected as a Republican to the next eight succeeding Congresses, serving until 1869. In 1869, he was appointed as Secretary of State in the Cabinet of President Grant, but resigned to accept a diplomatic mission to France and served as Minister until 1877. Returning to the United States, he engaged in literary pursuits until his death from a heart ailment.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


A close friend of Abraham Lincoln from Illinois and the only one to meet the train on Lincoln's arrival in Washington for his inauguration.



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