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“The World’s Damndest Ass”

  As he began his second term in the spring of 1865, President Abraham Lincoln planned two changes in his cabinet.  He appointed Hugh McCulloch as Secretary of the Treasury on March 9 and intended to appoint James Harlan, a sitting Iowa Senator, as Secretary of the Interior within a few weeks. Although Lincoln was assassinated before Harlan could […]