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Uncomfortable with President Johnson's policies, U.S. Attorney General James Speed resigns.

James Speed, detail
07/16/1866

President Lincoln had appointed Kentucky native James Speed as his Attorney General in late 1864.  He continued in that role under President Johnson but became increasingly uncomfortable as the administration adopted increasing reconstruction policies and more associated himself with more radical Republican ideas, including the enfranchisement of African-Americans.  Henry Stanbery of Ohio, a more conservative Republican, succeeded him.  (By John Osborne)

Source Citation: 

"United States," The American Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1866 (New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1873), 756.

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