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Edward Bates was a 19th century politician and lawyer who served as U.S. attorney general under President Abraham Lincoln.
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Bates was known as a constitutional traditionalist and conservative unsettled by social and political change.
Bates retired from office on November 24, 1864 due to political disagreements. He had also wished to be appointed Supreme Court chief justice, but that position instead went to Salmon P. Chase. Following Lincoln's assassination, Bates wrote a passage of mourning in his diary, citing his respect and friendship for the president.
Bates died on March 25, 1869, in St. Louis, Missouri.
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President Abraham Lincoln's Cabinet was truly one of the most unique in American history, including several of his disappointed presidential opponents—William Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Simon Cameron and Edward Bates, who lost the Republican Party's presidential nomination to Lincoln in 1860—as well as dogmatic politicians like Montgomery Blair, Hannibal Hamlin, Edwin Stanton, Gideon Welles and Lincoln's future successor, President Andrew Johnson. Learn more about these historic figures, Abraham Lincoln's presidency, the American Civil War and more, only at Biography.com.
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