Pennsylvania in the Civil War
Virtue ~ Liberty ~ Independence
Andrew Gregg Curtin
Andrew Gregg Curtin, a lawyer of Scotch-Irish descent, was 43 years old when he defeated Henry D. Foster of Westmoreland County and became Pennsylvania's chief executive on January 15, 1861. A former Whig, he joined the new Republican Party in 1860 and was one of Lincoln's staunchest supporters. Curtin was responsible for establishing the first and largest Civil War camp (named in his honor) and was the first governor to send troops to defend the nation's capital. In September 1862, he arranged a conference in Altoona for northern governors to raise support for President Lincoln and his war effort.
After his term expired, Governor Curtin was named ambassador to Russia. He ended his political career by serving six years as a Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
After serving two terms in the U. S. House of Representatives, Andrew Curtin retired from public life in 1887 and lived quietly in his home in Bellefonte until his death on October 4, 1894. He is buried in the Union Cemetery.For more information:
Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission
Camp Curtin Historical Society
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