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Civil War – Freemasonry & Lincoln’s Cabinet

Civil War Cabinet – Union – and Freemasonry

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HU = information is from the Appendix B of House Undivided: The Story of Freemasonry and the Civil War, by Allen E. Roberts, published by Macoy Publishing and Masonic Supply Co., Richmond, Virginia, 1961.

Position Names of all Civil War Union Cabinet Members
(that I know about)
Masonic information for those who appear to have been involved with Freemasonry
President Abraham Lincoln
Vice President Hannibal Hamlin (1861-1865)
Andrew Johnson (1865) (HU) Greeneville Lodge #119, Tennessee
Secretary of State William Henry Seward (1861-1865)
Secretary of the Treasury Salmon Portland Chase (1861-1864)
William Pitt Fessenden (1864-1865)
Hugh McCulloch (1865)
Secretary of War Simon Cameron (1861-1862) (HU) Perseverance Lodge #21 Pennsylvania (Past Master)
Edwin McMasters Stanton (1862-1865)  (HU) Steubenville Lodge #45, Ohio
Attorney General Edward Bates (1861-1864)
James Speed (1841-1865)
Postmaster General Montgomery Blair (1861-1864)
William Dennison (1864-1865)
Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles (1861-1865) (HU) St. John’s Lodge #4, Connecticut
Secretary of the Interior Caleb Blood Smith (1861-1863) (HU) Warren Lodge #15, Indiana
John Palmer Usher (1863-1865)
Summary 16 men were in Lincoln’s cabinet – 5, or 31%, were Freemasons

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