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President Johnson dismisses his critic, Jane Grey Swisshelm, from her War Department job

Jane Swisshelm, detail
02/26/1866
Jane Swisshelm, the veteran abolitionist and women's rights journalist and editor, had been engaged as a government clerk by Edwin Stanton, Secretary of War, who was an admirer of her work as a wartime nurse. This did not curtail her journalism, however, and she had opened a new journal, The Reconstructionist.  Her written criticism of President Johnson proved too much and Johnson had her dismissed from her government clerkship on this day.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Sylvia Hoffert, Jane Grey Swisshelm: A Unconventional Life, 1815-1884 (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2011), 231n.
"Mrs. Swisshelm Guillotined," Chicago Tribune, March 2, 1866, p. 2.

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