Stanton, Edwin McMasters
- William B. Skelton
Stanton, Edwin McMasters (19 December 1814–24 December 1869), U.S. attorney general and secretary of war, was born in Steubenville, Ohio, the son of David Stanton, a physician, and Lucy Norman. As a child, Stanton contracted a chronic asthmatic condition that plagued him throughout his life and may have contributed to the brusque irritability that characterized his temperament. Young Stanton attended local academies and, after his father’s death in 1827, took a position as an apprentice in a Steubenville bookstore. In 1831 he entered Kenyon College, but his family’s financial problems forced him to leave the following year. After working briefly at a bookstore in Columbus, Ohio, Stanton returned to Steubenville to study law in the office of his guardian, Daniel L. Collier. In 1836 he entered a partnership with Chauncey Dewey in Cadiz, Ohio. That year he married Mary A. Lamson, with whom he had two children....