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Lewis Cass

Lewis Cass, Secretary of War, Democratic candidate for President in 1848, and Secretary of State

Lewis Cass came into the Jackson Administration as Secretary of War as a virtual unknown, replacing William Hull following the Peggy Eaton affair. During the next five years Cass strongly supported Indian removal including the forced removal of the Cherokee from Georgia (Trail of Tears). In 1848 he ran as a Democrat for President but was defeated by Zachary Taylor. During the administration of James Buchanan, Cass served as his Secretary of State until 1860, when he resigned over Buchanan's failure to reinforce the federal forts following the election of Abraham Lincoln

Image added on:March 4, 2007

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