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Favorable or Unfavorable #191: Edgar Cowan


Favorable or Unfavorable #191: Edgar Cowan  

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Edgar Cowan of PA is significant for a one-term US Sen. A former Whig, he became a Republican in 1855. He broke with Radical Republicans and joined Pres. Johnson and the Dem Party. This obviously killed his political future. He would support the Lib Reps in 1872, but Democratic candidates for pres thereafter. 

His actions:

Cowan, Edgar 1860 Backs Cameron for GOP Pres
Cowan, Edgar 1861 Helps convince Lincoln to select Cameron for Sec of War when Lincoln is hesitant
Cowan, Edgar 1863 Authors Enrollment Act, which updated the military draft to allow paid substitutes
Cowan, Edgar 1866 Opposes Civil Rights Act of 1866
Cowan, Edgar 1866 Opposes 14th Amendment because opposes birthright citizenship, but mainly for anti-Romani (gypsy) reasons
Cowan, Edgar 1866 Defeated for reelection to US Sen for supporting Johnson's Reconstruction Plan
Cowan, Edgar 1867 Switches from GOP to Dem; Nom as Amb to Austria blocked for his support for Johnson
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