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  Cameron, J. Donald
NameJ. Donald Cameron
Lancaster, Pennsylvania , United States
Born May 14, 1833
DiedAugust 30, 1918 (85 years)
ContributorThomas Walker
Last ModifedRBH
Aug 20, 2015 07:53pm
InfoJAMES DONALD CAMERON was born in Middletown, Pennsylvania, on 14 May 1833; graduated from Princeton University in 1852; clerked in the Bank of Middletown founded by his father, Simon Cameron; moved up to cashier and finally president of the bank; married Mary McCormick, who died in 1874; during the Civil War supervised the transportation of Union troops over the Northern Central Railroad, one of his father�s enterprises; was president of the railroad from 1863 to 1874; was active in coal, iron, and manufacturing interests; joined with his father in dominating Pennsylvania politics; was a delegate to the Republican national conventions of 1868 and 1880; served as Secretary of War, 22 May 1876�3 March 1877; requested legislation requiring contractors to stand on their bids for specified periods of time; requested authorization to devote a portion of the funds allocated to publishing War of the Rebellion records to the preservation of the Matthew Brady photo collection; was elected to fill the unexpired term of his father in the U.S. Senate after his father resigned to make way for him, 1877�1879; was returned to the Senate for three terms, serving from 1879 to 1897; married General Sherman�s niece, Elizabeth Sherman, 1878; was chairman of the Republican national committee, 1879; retired from public life to live on his Lancaster farm and devote his time to private affairs; died on 30 August 1918.



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Daughter Margaretta Brua Cameron Clark 1869-1941
Grandson William Clark 1891-1957
Father Simon Cameron 1799-1889
Sister Virginia Cameron MacVeagh 0000-
Nephew Charles MacVeagh 1860-1931

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