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John A. Andrew, War Governor of Massachusetts, dies suddenly at his home in Boston, aged forty-nine.

John Albion Andrew, detail

Former governor of Massachusetts John Albion Andrew died of a sudden stroke in the afternoon of this day at his home in Boston.  One of the most prominent Republican "War Governors," he had been sworn in just before the outbreak of Civil War and served throughout the conflict.  He was tirelessly supportive of the Union cause and a strong advocate of the enlistment of African-American soldiers for combat in the Union Army.  More moderate after the war and initially in support of President Johnson's version of Reconstruction, he largely retired from politics and resumed his law career until his untimely death at age forty-nine.  (By John Osborne)  

Source Citation: 

Henry Greenleaf Pearson, The Life of John A. Andrew, Governor of Massachusetts 1861-1865 (New York: Houghton, Mifflin, & Company, 1904), II:327.