The Fate of Republican Government

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President Buchanan and his Cabinet. From left to right: Jacob Thompson, Lewis Cass, John B. Floyd, James Buchanan, Howell Cobb, Isaac Toucey, Joseph Holt and Jeremiah S. Black, (c. 1859)

President Buchanan and his Cabinet. From left to right: Jacob Thompson, Lewis Cass, John B. Floyd, James Buchanan, Howell Cobb, Isaac Toucey, Joseph Holt and Jeremiah S. Black, (c. 1859)

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Lewis Cass was born OCTOBER 9, 1782.

A Brigadier-General in the War of 1812, Lewis Cass was Governor of the Michigan Territory where he made Indian treaties, organized townships and built roads.

Appointed Secretary of War by President Andrew Jackson, Lewis Cass was a Senator, Secretary of State for President James Buchanan and the 1848 Democrat Presidential Candidate.

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The State of Michigan placed his statue in the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall.

Lewis Cass stated:

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“Independent of its connection with human destiny hereafter, the fate of republican government is indissolubly bound up with the fate of the Christian religion, and a people who reject its holy faith will find themselves the slaves of their own evil passions and of arbitrary power.”

In 1846, Lewis Cass wrote from Washington, D.C.:

“God, in His providence, has given us a Book of His revealed will…to teach us what we ought to do here, and what we shall be hereafter.”

In a Eulogy for Daniel Webster, December 14, 1852, Lewis Cass stated:

“He died in the faith of the Christian – humble, but hopeful – adding another to the long list of eminent men who have searched the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and have found it to be the word and the will of God.”


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