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Biography of Lewis Cass


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Cass, Lewis. Born in 1782. American statesman and general, appointed governor of Michigan in 1813. He showed great prudence in his management of Indian affairs and, in 1831, became secretary of war in the administration of President Jackson. While representative of the United States in France, he protested vigorously and effectually against the terms of the Quintuple Treaty and, returning to America, was selected to the Senate in 1845. In 1857 he became secretary of state, but about five years later withdrew from public life. Died 1866.