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|22nd United States Secretary of State|
March 6, 1857 – December 14, 1860
|Preceded by||William Marcy|
|Succeeded by||Jeremiah Black|
|President pro tempore of the United States Senate|
December 4, 1854 – December 5, 1854
|Preceded by||David Atchison|
|Succeeded by||Jesse Bright|
|United States Senator
March 4, 1849 – March 3, 1857
|Preceded by||Thomas Fitzgerald|
|Succeeded by||Zachariah Chandler|
March 4, 1845 – May 29, 1848
|Preceded by||Augustus Porter|
|Succeeded by||Thomas Fitzgerald|
|United States Ambassador to France|
December 1, 1836 – November 12, 1842
|Preceded by||Edward Livingston|
|Succeeded by||William King|
|14th United States Secretary of War|
August 1, 1831 – October 4, 1836
|Preceded by||Roger B. Taney (Acting)|
|Succeeded by||Joel Poinsett|
|2nd Governor of the Michigan Territory|
October 13, 1813 – August 1, 1831
|Appointed by||James Madison|
|Preceded by||William Hull|
|Succeeded by||George Porter|
October 9, 1782|
Exeter, New Hampshire, U.S.
|Died||June 17, 1866
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
|Branch/service||United States Army|
|Years of service||1812–1814|
|Battles/wars||War of 1812|
Lewis Cass (October 9, 1782 – June 17, 1866) was an American military officer, politician, and statesman. He represented Michigan in the United States Senate. He was in the Cabinets of two U.S. Presidents, Andrew Jackson and James Buchanan. He was also the 1848 Democratic presidential nominee. He was an important person for the idea of Popular Sovereignty. That idea said that the people in each territory should decide whether to allow slavery.
He was born in Exeter, New Hampshire.
In 1806, Cass was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives. Also in 1806, President Thomas Jefferson chose Cass to be the U.S. Marshal for Ohio.
Secretary of War
On August 1, 1831, Cass quit being governor of the Michigan Territory to be the Secretary of War under President Andrew Jackson. He would be the secretary until 1836.
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