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U.S. Senate confirms well-known Democrat lawyer Edwin M. Stanton as Attorney-General

Edwin McMasters Stanton, detail
12/19/1860
President James Buchanan nominated Edwin M. Stanton for Attorney-General to replace Jeremiah Black, who had moved on to become Secretary of State after Lewis Cass had resigned.  Stanton's confirmation further strengthened the view in Buchanan's changing cabinet that a state did not have the right under the Constitution to secede from the Union.  Though a Democrat, Stanton later served as Abraham Lincoln's Secretary of War and became a Republican.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
"The Crisis of the Union," New York Times, December 20, 1860.

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