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  Washburne, Elihu B.
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NameElihu B. Washburne
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Galena, Illinois , United States
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Born September 23, 1816
DiedOctober 23, 1887 (71 years)
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InfoElihu Benjamin Washburne

(brother of Israel Washburn, Jr., Cadwallader Colden Washburn, and William Drew Washburn), a Representative from Illinois; born in Livermore, Androscoggin County, Maine, September 23, 1816; attended the common schools; printer’s apprentice; assistant editor of the Kennebec Journal, Augusta; studied law at Kents’ Hill Seminary in 1836 and at Harvard Law School in 1839; was admitted to the bar in 1840; moved to Galena, Jo Daviess County, Ill., in 1840 and commenced the practice of law; delegate to the Whig National Conventions in 1844 and 1852; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1848 to the Thirty-first Congress; elected as a Whig to the Thirty-third Congress and reelected as a Republican to the eight succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1853, to March 6, 1869, when he resigned; chairman, Committee on Commerce (Thirty-fourth and Thirty-sixth through Fortieth Congresses), Committee on Appropriations (Fortieth Congress); appointed as Secretary of State in the Cabinet of President Grant, but resigned a few days afterward to accept a diplomatic mission to France; upon the declaration of the Franco-Prussian War he protected with the American flag the Paris legations of the various German states; remained in Paris during the siege and was the only foreign minister who continued at his post during the days of the Commune; protected not only Germans but all the foreigners left by their ministers; served as Minister until 1877, when he returned and settled in Chicago, Ill.; engaged in literary pursuits; died in Chicago, Ill., October 23, 1887; interment in Greenwood Cemetery, Galena, Ill.

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FAMILY
Son Hempstead Washburne 1852-1918
Father Israel Washburn 1784-1876
Brother Israel Washburn 1813-1883
Brother Cadwallader Colden Washburn 1818-1882
Brother Charles A. Washburn 1822-1889
Brother William Drew Washburn, Sr. 1831-1912
Nephew William D. Washburn, Jr. 1863-1929
Nephew Stanley Washburn 1878-1950

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  06/08/1880 US Vice President - R Convention Lost 25.53% (-36.38%)
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  03/17/1869 US Ambassador to France Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
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  11/03/1868 IL District 03 Won 65.91% (+31.82%)
  11/06/1866 IL District 03 Won 78.43% (+57.58%)
  11/08/1864 IL District 03 Won 67.92% (+35.84%)
  11/04/1862 IL District 03 Won 60.73% (+21.47%)
  11/06/1860 IL District 1 Won 70.56% (+41.17%)
  11/02/1858 IL District 1 Won 69.84% (+41.32%)
  11/04/1856 IL District 1 Won 72.61% (+47.59%)
  02/02/1856 US House Speaker Lost 0.13% (-13.28%)
  11/07/1854 IL District 1 Won 69.33% (+46.34%)
  11/02/1852 IL District 1 Won 43.93% (+1.70%)
  12/19/1846 IL Attorney General Lost 27.34% (-45.32%)
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