Carl Schurz

Carl Schurz

Liblar, Rhein-Erft-Kreis, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Death 14 May 1906 (aged 77)
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Sleepy Hollow, Westchester County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 933 · View Source
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Civil War Union Major General, US Senator, Presidential Cabinet Secretary. Born in Cologne, Germany, he immigrated to the United States in 1852, where he gained admittance to the Wisconsin Bar to practice law in Watertown, Wisconsin. A dedicated supporter of the Republican Party, he campaigned for Abraham Lincoln and after his election, he was appointed United States envoy to Spain. With the advent of the Civil War in 1861, he returned to Washington D.C. to play an active part in the war against the Confederacy. He led troops in the Army of the Potomac, achieved the rank of Major General and was successful in the administration of the government's struggle for the emancipation of the slaves. After the war, he was co-editor of the "Westliche Post" in St. Louis, Missouri and was elected as a Republican Senator from Missouri to the United States Senate, serving from 1869 to 1875. In 1877, President Rutherford B. Hayes appointed him as his Secretary of the Interior. While in office, he championed civil service reforms and made improvements in the Bureau of Indian Affairs, serving until 1881.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith

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