Simon Cameron
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"Simon Cameron" was an United States/American politician who served as United States Secretary of War for Abraham Lincoln at the start of the American Civil War. Cameron made his fortune in railways, canals and banking, founding the Bank of Middletown. He then turned to a life of politics. He became a U.S. senator in 1845 for the state of Pennsylvania, succeeding James Buchanan. Originally a Democratic Party (United States)/Democrat, he failed to secure a nomination for senator from the Know-Nothing party, and joined the People's Party, the Pennsylvania branch of what became the Republican Party (United States)/Republican Party. He won the Senate seat in 1857, and became one of the candidates for the Republican nomination in the United States presidential election, 1860/presidential election of 1860.

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