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Birth Date:October 9, 1782
Astrology Sign:Libra
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Died Date:June 17, 1866

Occupation:US Politician

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Lewis Cass

Biography:Lewis Cass (October 9, 1782 - June 17, 1866) was an American military officer and politician. He was the nominee of the Democratic Party for president in 1848.

He was born in Exeter, New Hampshire where he attended Phillips Exeter Academy and Dartmouth College. During the War of 1812, he served as brigadier general. As a reward for his service in the war, he was appointed governor of the Michigan Territory by President James Madison on October 29, 1813 and served until 1831. He was frequently absent and several territorial secretaries often served as acting governor in his place.

In 1820 he led an expedition to the northern part of the territory, in the northern Great Lakes in present-day northern Minnesota, in order to map the region and discover the source of the Mississippi River. The source of the river had been unknown until then, resulting in an undefined border between the United States and Britain. The expedition erroneously identified Cass Lake as the source of the river. The source of the river was correctly identified in 1832 by Henry Schoolcraft, who had been Cass's expedition geologist, as nearby Lake Itasca.

On August 1, 1831, he resigned as governor of the Michigan Territory to take the post of Secretary of War under President Andrew Jackson, serving until 1836. Cass was a central figure in formulating and implementing the Indian Removal policy of the Jackson administration. From 1836 to 1842, he was ambassador to France.

Cass represented the State of Michigan in the United States Senate from 1845 to 1848. In 1848 he resigned from the Senate to run for president. Cass was a leading supporter of the Doctrine of Popular Sovereignty, which held that the people who lived in a territory should decide whether or not to permit slavery there. His nomination caused a split in the Democratic party, leading many antislavery Democrats to join the Free Soil Party.

After losing the election to Zachary Taylor, he returned to the Senate, serving from 1849 to 1857.

From 1857 to 1860 Cass served as Secretary of State under President James Buchanan. He resigned on December 13, 1860, reportedly disgusted by Buchanan's failure to pursue a stronger policy that might have averted the threatened secession of southern states. See: Origins of the American Civil War.

There are many places named after Cass, see List of places named for Lewis Cass.

A statue of Cass is one of the two that was submitted by the State of Michigan to The National Statuary Hall Collection in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. It resides in the National Statuary Hall room. (The other statue is of Zachariah Chandler, which rests in the Hall of Columns.)

Preceded by: John Henry Eaton United States Secretary of War 1831-1836 Succeeded by: Joel Roberts Poinsett Preceded by: Augustus S. Porter U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Michigan 1845 - 1848 Served alongside: William Woodbridge Succeeded by: Thomas Fitzgerald Preceded by: James K. Polk Democratic Party presidential candidate 1848 (lost) Succeeded by: Franklin Pierce Preceded by: Thomas Fitzgerald U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Michigan 1849 - 1857 Served alongside: Alpheus Felch, Charles E. Stuart Succeeded by: Zachariah Chandler Preceded by: William L. Marcy United States Secretary of State March 6, 1857 - December 14, 1860 Succeeded by: Jeremiah S. Black Preceded by: David Rice Atchison President pro tempore of the United States Senate December 4, 1854-December 4, 1854 Succeeded by: Jesse D. Bright United States Secretaries of State Jefferson • Randolph • Pickering • J Marshall • Madison • Smith •

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Lewis Cass's Personality Tarot Card The Wheel of Fortune - Personality Card

Birthday: October 9, 1782

A new chapter is starting; problems are solved through changes in circumstances.

Lewis Cass's Character Tarot Card The Magician - Character Card

Birthday: October 9, 1782

Creative initiative, skill and opportunities for new ventures.

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Lewis Cass's Growth Tarot Card Justice

Birthday: October 9, 2017

Balance, wisdom and a need for rational, logical solutions.




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