CIVIL WAR SENATOR: WILLIAM PITT FESSENDEN AND THE FIGHT TO SAVE THE AMERICAN REPUBLIC

CIVIL WAR SENATOR: WILLIAM PITT FESENDEN
CIVIL WAR SENATOR: WILLIAM PITT FESENDEN
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The first biography of Fessenden in over forty years, Civil War Senator reveals a significant but often sidelined historical figure and explains the central role played by party politics and partisanship in the coming of the Civil War, northern military victory, and the ultimate failure of postwar Reconstruction. Cook restores Fessenden to his place as one of the most important politicians of a troubled generation. A determined and self-disciplined man who fought, not always successfully, to keep his passions in check, Fessenden helped to spearhead Republican party opposition to proslavery expansion during the strife-torn 1850s and led others to resist the cotton states' efforts to secede peaceably after the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860. During the Civil War, he chaired the Senate Finance Committee and served as President Lincoln's second head of the Treasury Department. In both positions, he fashioned and implemented wartime financial policy for the United States. Hardcover 316 pages