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Simon Cameron

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Day
23
Month
March
Year
1877
Copyright
Public Domain
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Senator Cainefoii is the oldeM; member of tlie Senate, having just completed hls 78tli year. His service in the body long antedates that of any othe,r Senator, but has not been continuous. He was fii-st elected in 1845 to serve out the unexpired term of James Buchanan, who resigned to go into President Polk's Cabinet as Secretary of State. It was not until sixteen years after that the Senators next lohgeBt iii service - Messrs. HoweandHamk'n - entered the cnaffibet. Mr. Oameron was a Democrat during his first term, but had decided tendencies against slavery. After four years in the Senate he returned to his business, not having been re-elected. He was one of the fathers of the Kepubliean party, attending its first national convention and running as one of the Fremont electors in 1856. In 1857 he was again elected to the Senate, capturing three Democratie votes, and defeating John W. Forney, who was President Buchanan's candidate. At the Chicago Conventjon of ] 8(30 he was one of the prominent candidates for the Presidency, and might perhaps have been nominated if it had not ! beet) fer theractive though secret hostility of Gov. (Jürtih. Mr. Cameron never forgave Gov. Ourtin fot what he called an act of treachery He resigned the Senatorship in 1861 to go into President Lincoln's Cabinet as Secretary of War, from which position he soon resigned to take the Kussian mission. He remained only a short time abroad, and on returning resumed the control of his party in Pennsylvania, and was a third time elected to ilie Seáate, taking, his seat in 1867. In 1872 he was re-elected. Old as he is, the retiring Senator is still vigorous, physically and intellectually, and it would not be surprising if he should again appear in public life. He has lost nothing of his wonderful skill in politics, and his control of the Eepublican party in Pennsylvania seems to be as solxite as

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Michigan Argus