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Encyclopedia > Amos T. Akerman

Amos Tappan Akerman (February 23, 1821 - December 21, 1880) served as United States Attorney General under President Ulysses S. Grant from 1870-1872. Akerman was born on February 23, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and attended Dartmouth College graduating as a member of the class of 1842. He studied law, eventually opening up a firm in Georgia. He was opposed to secession, but joined the Confederate Army, and saw action in several battles. February 23 is the 54th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1821 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... December 21 is the 355th day of the year (356th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1880 was a leap year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... Alberto Gonzales, current Attorney General of the United States The United States Attorney General is the head of the United States Department of Justice concerned with legal affairs and is the chief law enforcement officer of the United States government. ... The President of the United States (unofficially abbreviated POTUS) is the head of state of the United States. ... Ulysses S. Grant (April 27, 1822 – July 23, 1885) was the 18th President of the United States (1869–1877). ... 1870 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... 1872 was a leap year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... February 23 is the 54th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... This article is about the English city of Portsmouth. ... State nickname: Granite State, Mother of Rivers, White Mountain State, Switzerland of America [1] Official languages English Capital Concord Largest city Manchester Governor John Lynch (D) Senators Judd Gregg (R) John Sununu (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 46th 24,239 km² 3. ... Dartmouth College is a small private university in Hanover, New Hampshire, and a member of the Ivy League. ... 1842 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ...


Akerman, however, became opposed to slavery, and would play a crucial role in Reconstruction as a member to Georgia's 1868 state constitutional convention and as U.S. district attorney for Georgia (1869). In 1870, he was appointed as Attorney General, by Ulysses S. Grant and dealt with the Credit Mobilier scandal, railroad magnates, and the Ku Klux Klan (KKK). As Attorney General, Akerman was the first to serve as head of the newly created Justice Department. Akerman resigned in 1872 because of the beginning of corruption that plagued Grant's administration. His opposition to the Klan, led advisors to pressure President Grant into asking for Akerman's resignation. He returned to Georgia, where continued to practice law until his death in 1880. In the history of the United States, reconstruction was the period after the American Civil War when the states of the breakaway Confederacy were reintegrated into the United States of America. ... 1868 was a leap year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Justice Department redirects here. ... 1872 was a leap year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... 1880 was a leap year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ...

Preceded by:
Ebenezer R. Hoar
United States Attorney General
1870–1872
Succeeded by:
George H. Williams
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Amos T. Akerman (111 words)
Born in Bartow County, Georgia, Akerman was a lawyer who served in the Confederacy but was later pardoned for his actions.
As Attorney General, Akerman was the first to serve as head of the newly created Justice Department.
Akerman resigned in 1872 because of the beginning of corruption that plagued Grant's administration.
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