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Lincoln's Autocrat: The Life of Edwin Stanton

William Marvel


Edwin M. Stanton (1814–1869), one of the nineteenth century's most impressive legal and political minds, wielded enormous influence and power as Abraham Lincoln's Secretary of War during most of the Civil War and under Andrew Johnson during the early years of Reconstruction. This biography offers a detailed reexamination of Stanton's life, career, and legacy. The text argues that while Stanton was a formidable advocate and politician, his character was hardly benign. Climbing from a difficult youth to the pinnacle of power, Stanton used his authority—and the public coffers—to pursue political ... More

Keywords: political vendettas, biography, Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War, Abraham Lincoln, Civil War, Reconstruction, Andrew Johnson, civil liberties

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781469622491
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469622491.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Marvel, author