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J. Donald Cameron

AKA James Donald Cameron

Born: 14-May-1833
Birthplace: Middletown, PA
Died: 30-Aug-1918
Location of death: Lancaster County, PA
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Harrisburg Cemetery, Harrisburg, PA

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: US Senator from Pennsylvania, 1877-97

In May, 1876, Donald became secretary of war and assured the election of Republican Rutherford B. Hayes as president. Donald sent federal troops to the three southern states whose votes would decide the contested election. For this he expected an appointment to the Hayes cabinet, but Hayes refused him. According to Cameronian politics it was the height of ingratitude.

Simon saw clearly what he must do to continue the Cameron dynasty. On March 12, 1877 he tendered his resignation to the Pennsylvania legislature. The following day the Republican caucus unanimously nominated J. Donald Cameron to the Senate by a majority of the Assembly, tagged by its critics as the "Cameron Transfer Company". Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission biography of Simon Cameron.

Father: Simon Cameron
Mother: Margaret Brua
Wife: Mary McCormick
Wife: Elizabeth Sherman (m. 1878)

    University: BA, Princeton University (1852)
    University: MA, Princeton University (1855)

    US Senator, Pennsylvania (1877-97)
    US Secretary of War (1876-77)
    Northern Central Railway President (1863-74)
    Bank of Middletown
    Republican National Committee Chairman (1880)


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