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John Aaron Rawlins

Born: Feb 13, 1831

Death: Sep 6, 1869

Birthplace: Galena

Profession: Lawyer

Nationality: United States

John Aaron Rawlins

Date of Birth : Feb 13, 1831
Date of Death : Sep 6, 1869
Birth Place : Galena

John Aaron Rawlins was an officer in the Union Army during the American Civil War. A confidant of Ulysses S. Grant, Rawlins served on Grant's staff throughout the war, rising to the rank of brevet major general, and was Grant's chief defender against allegations of insobriety. After the war, he was appointed Secretary of War when Grant was elected President of the United States, but died of advanced tuberculosis five months into his term.


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