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  Cameron, Simon
NameSimon Cameron
Middletown, Pennsylvania , United States
Born March 08, 1799
DiedJune 26, 1889 (90 years)
ContributorU Ole Polecat
Last ModifedRBH
Aug 24, 2015 04:03pm
Info(father of James Donald Cameron), a Senator from Pennsylvania; born in Maytown, Lancaster County, Pa., March 8, 1799; apprenticed as a printer; newspaper owner and editor; cashier of a bank, president of two railroad companies, and adjutant general of Pennsylvania; elected to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of James Buchanan, and served from March 13, 1845, to March 3, 1849; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1857, to March 4, 1861, when he resigned, having been appointed Secretary of War; chairman, Committee on Patents and the Patent Office (Twenty-ninth Congress), Committee on Public Buildings (Twenty-ninth Congress), Committee on District of Columbia (Twenty-ninth and Thirtieth Congresses), Committee on Printing (Thirtieth Congress); unsuccessful candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 1860; Secretary of War in the Cabinet of President Abraham Lincoln 1861-1862; United States Minister to Russia 1862; was again elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1867; reelected in 1873, and served from March 4, 1867, until his resignation, effective March 12, 1877; chairman, Committee on Agriculture (Fortieth and Forty-first Congresses), Committee on Foreign Relations (Forty-second through Forty-fifth Congresses), Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds (Forty-second Congress); retired from active business pursuits and traveled extensively in Europe and the West Indies; died near Maytown, Lancaster County, Pa., June 26, 1889; interment in Harrisburg Cemetery, Harrisburg, Pa.



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Daughter Virginia Cameron MacVeagh 0000-
Grandson Charles MacVeagh 1860-1931
Son J. Donald Cameron 1833-1918

  01/21/1873 PA US Senate Won 57.14% (+19.55%)
  01/15/1867 PA US Senate Won 62.60% (+25.19%)
  01/13/1863 PA US Senate Lost 48.87% (-1.50%)
  01/17/1862 US Ambassador to Russia Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  03/05/1861 Secretary of War Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  05/18/1860 US President - R Convention Lost 7.11% (-40.31%)
  01/13/1857 PA US Senate Won 50.38% (+6.77%)
  03/13/1845 PA US Senate - Special Election Won 50.38% (+9.02%)
US Vice President - R Convention - Jun 08, 1864 R Hannibal Hamlin