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Jacob Thompson - Union and Confederate Politician

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Jacob Thompson was both a member of the Union and Confederate governments. From March 10, 1857 to January 8, 1861, he was the US Secretary of the Interior. He resigned as Secretary of the Interior i ... show more

Jacob Thompson was both a member of the Union and Confederate governments. From March 10, 1857 to January 8, 1861, he was the US Secretary of the Interior. He resigned as Secretary of the Interior in 1861 and joined the Confederate cause. (The New-York Daily Tribune called him a traitor and said: "Undertaking to overthrow the Government of which you are a sworn minister may be in accordance with the ideas of cotton-growing chivalry, but to common men cannot be made to appear creditable."

Jacob Thompson became Inspector General of the Confederate States Army and also fought in several battles. After the war, he lived in England and Canada for a time, then returned to Tennessee.

Daguerreotype courtesy of the Library of Congress, Matthew Brady studio

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