Edwin M. Stanton Quick Facts

Name Meaning

Edwin is of Old English origin
and means “wealthy guard”

Vital Stats

Birthday: December 19, 1814
Birth Name: Edwin McMasters Stanton
Birthplace: Steubenville, Ohio
Date of Death: December 24th, 1869
Cause: Respiratory failure. Stanton
suffered from asthma most of his life
Place of Death: Washington, DC
Nationality: American
Ancestry: English
Occupation before Civil War:
Attorney. U.S. Attorney General in
James Buchanan Administration 1860-61
Occupation during Civil War:
Secretary of War from January 1862
through the end of the war.
Occupation after Civil War:
Continued as Secretary of War in
Andrew Johnson Administration until
May 1868, when he resigned and
returned to private law practice.
Appointed to U.S. Supreme Court by
President U.S. Grant but died before
he was sworn in.


Father: David Stanton (1778-1827)
Mother: Lucy Norman Stanton (1793-1873)
Brother: Erasmus D. Stanton (d. 1846)
Sister: Lucretia (Nov. 1818-Aug. 1820)
Sister: Lucy (b. April 1820)
Sister: Oella
Brother: Theophilus (b. 1824)
Sister: Pamphila


Married: Mary Lamson May 31, 1836
Married: Ellen Hutchison June 1856
(Sept. 24, 1830-Nov. 17, 1873)


Daughter: Lucy (1837-1841)
Son: Edwin L. (1842-1877)
Daughter: Elenor (b. May 1857)
Son: Lewis (Jan. 12, 1860-April 24, 1938)
Son: James (Oct. 17, 1861-July 10, 1862)
Daughter: Bessie (b. 1863)


Stanton: The Life and Times of Lincoln’s Secretary of War by
Benjamin P. Thomas and Harold M. Hyman

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
by Doris Kearns Goodwin

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2 Responses

  1. LHS says:

    First ever, “not guilty by means of temporary insanity” ruling.

    Edwin Stanton was also was the attorney who got Daniel Sickles acquitted for temporary insanity for killing his wife’s lover, Philip Barton Key II.

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