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Elihu Benjamin Washburne (September 23, 1816October 22/23, 1887) was one of seven brothers that played a prominent role early in the formation of the United States Republican Party and the Lincoln and Grant administrations. A member of Congress (as were three of his brothers), Elihu was known for his courage, and met President-elect Lincoln upon his arrival to Washington, DC on February 23, 1861. An assassination attempt was feared and other GOP leaders were afraid to take on this duty. Elihu had hidden the whereabouts of President-Elect Lincoln by personally cutting telegraph wires in key locations. Public domain portrait of U.S. Secretary of State Elihu P. Washburne, obtained from [1]. This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... September 23 is the 266th day of the year (267th in leap years). ... 1816 was a leap year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... October 22 is the 295th day of the year (296th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 70 days remaining. ... October 23 is the 296th day of the year (297th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 69 days remaining. ... 1887 is a common year starting on Saturday (click on link for calendar). ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865), sometimes called Abe Lincoln and nicknamed Honest Abe, the Rail Splitter, and the Great Emancipator, was the 16th President of the United States (1861–1865), and the first president from the Republican Party. ... Ulysses S. Grant (April 27, 1822 – July 23, 1885) was a Union general in the American Civil War and the 18th President of the United States (1869–1877). ... The Congress of the United States is the legislative branch of the federal government of the United States of America. ... A President-elect is a candidate who has officially been elected President, but who has not yet acceded to his Office, as it is still occupied by the out-going President. ... Aerial photo (looking NW) of the Washington Monument and the White House in Washington, DC. Washington, D.C., officially the District of Columbia (also known as D.C.; Washington; the Nations Capital; the District; and, historically, the Federal City) is the capital city and administrative district of the United... February 23 is the 54th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1861 is a common year starting on Tuesday. ... This article is about the modern United States Republican Party. ... The electrical telegraph is a telegraph that uses electric signals. ...


An early members of the Republican party, Washburne was a leader of the Radical Republicans and was among the original proponents of the legal equality of Negroes with Whites. After the Civil War, Washburne advocated the large plantations be divided up to provide compensatory property for freed slaves. Radical Republicans were certain Republicans in Congress and other federal and state leaders during the American Civil War and Reconstruction eras in U.S. history. ...


Washburne served as President Ulysses S. Grant's Secretary of State for 12 days in March 1869, the shortest term of any U.S. Secretary of State. He then became ambassador to France, where he was influential in negotiating the peace treaty for the Franco-Prussian War. Ulysses S. Grant (April 27, 1822 – July 23, 1885) was a Union general in the American Civil War and the 18th President of the United States (1869–1877). ... The Seal of the United States Secretary of State The United States Secretary of State is the head of the United States Department of State, concerned with foreign affairs. ... 1869 is a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Franco-Prussian War (July 19, 1870 – May 10, 1871) was fought between France and Prussia (backed by the North German Confederation) allied with the south German states of Baden, Bavaria and Württemberg. ...


Three of Washburne's brothers also became politicians: Cadwallader C. Washburn, William D. Washburn, and Israel Washburn, Jr. Cadwallader C. Washburn Cadwallader Colden Washburn (April 22, 1818–May 15, 1882) was an American businessman, politician, and soldier noted for founding what would later become General Mills and working in government for Wisconsin. ... William Drew Washburn (January 14, 1831–July 29, 1912) was an American politician. ...


External links

  • An Online Biography of Washburne
  • Congressional Biography


Preceded by:
William H. Seward
United States Secretary of State
March 5, 1869March 16, 1869
Succeeded by:
Hamilton Fish


William H. Seward William Henry Seward (May 16, 1801–October 10, 1872) was United States Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. ... The Seal of the United States Secretary of State The United States Secretary of State is the head of the United States Department of State, concerned with foreign affairs. ... March 5 is the 64th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (65th in leap years). ... 1869 is a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... March 16 is the 75th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (76th in Leap years). ... 1869 is a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... Hamilton Fish, (3 August 1808–7 September 1893), born in New York City, was an American politician during the time of the American Civil War. ...



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Elihu B. Washburne - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (247 words)
Elihu Benjamin Washburne (September 23, 1816–October 22/23, 1887) was one of seven brothers that played a prominent role early in the formation of the United States Republican Party and the Lincoln and Grant administrations.
A member of Congress (as were three of his brothers), Elihu was known for his courage, and met President-elect Lincoln upon his arrival to Washington, DC on February 23, 1861.
An early members of the Republican party, Washburne was a leader of the Radical Republicans and was among the original proponents of the legal equality of Negroes with Whites.
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