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Gideon Welles Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: July 1, 1802 in Glastonbury, Connecticut
Died: February 11, 1878 in Hartford, Connecticut
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GIDEON WELLES (1802-1878), formerly a Jacksonian Democrat, joined the newly founded Republican Party in 1854 because of his strong opposition to slavery. He served as Secretary of the Navy throughout the Presidencies of Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson (1861-1869). Welles generally supported Johnson's policies, including Johnson's reluctance to impose far-reaching changes and full rights for African-Americans during the Reconstruction of the South.

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