Biography and History

Lewis Cass, a senator from Michigan, was born in Exeter, N.H., on October 9, 1782. He served in the U.S. Army, 1813-1814; was appointed secretary of war by President Andrew Jackson, 1831-1836; was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1845, until May 29, 1848, and again from 1849 to 1857; and was an unsuccessful candidate for president on the Democratic ticket in 1848. Cass also served as President pro tempore of the Senate during the Thirty-third Congress and was appointed secretary of state by President James Buchanan, serving from 1857 until his resignation in 1860.

Source: From the finding aid for C1031

  • Lewis Cass Collection. 1832-1873 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C1031

    Lewis Cass, a nineteenth-century senator from Michigan, had prominent roles in the administrations of Andrew Jackson and James Buchanan. This collection consists of selected correspondence, printed material, and ephemera of Cass.