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John Caldwell Calhoun

John Caldwell Calhoun
Civilian
1782-1850
South Carolina
Secretary of War, Vice President, Secretary of State, and U.S. Senator

South Carolina's most storied national politician, John C. Calhoun served as Secretary of War, Vice President, Secretary of State, and finally as U.S. Senator, where his final act was to help craft the Compromise of 1850. He repeatedly warned that war was inevitable if Southern rights were not guaranteed. Calhoun's impassioned arguments helped to lead, predictably, to his native state's secession a decade after his death.















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