By Paul Kahan
From abject poverty to undisputed political boss of Pennsylvania, Lincoln’s secretary of battle, senator, chair of the Senate international relatives Committee, and a founding father of the Republican celebration, Simon Cameron (1799–1889) was one of many 19th century’s so much famous political figures. In his wake, besides the fact that, he left a chain of questionable political and company dealings and, on the age of 80, even a intercourse scandal.
excess of a biography of Cameron, Amiable Scoundrel can be a portrait of an period that allowed—indeed, encouraged—a guy comparable to Cameron to grab political keep watch over. The political adjustments of the early 19th century enabled him not just to enhance his prestige but in addition to exert genuine political authority. The adjustments attributable to the Civil conflict, in flip, allowed Cameron to consolidate his political authority right into a profitable, well-oiled political laptop. A key determine in designing and enforcing the Union’s army procedure through the Civil War’s the most important first 12 months, Cameron performed a vital position in pushing Abraham Lincoln to allow the enlistment of African american citizens into the U.S. military, a stance that at last resulted in his pressured resignation. but his legacy has languished, approximately forgotten shop for the truth that his identify has turn into shorthand for corruption, even supposing no facts has ever been awarded to turn out that Cameron was once corrupt.
Amiable Scoundrel puts Cameron’s activities right into a better historic context by means of demonstrating that many politicians of the time, together with Abraham Lincoln, used related strategies to win elections and increase their careers. This learn is the attention-grabbing tale of Cameron’s lifestyles and an illuminating portrait of his times.
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Amiable Scoundrel: Simon Cameron, Lincoln's Scandalous Secretary of War by Paul Kahan