Clement L Vallandigham

Born July 29, 1820 New Lisbon, Ohio Died June 17, 1871 Lebanon, Ohio

Ohio congressman and candidate for governor Leader of the antiwar "Copperhead" Democrats

Clement Vallandigham 1863

As a leader of the antiwar Democrats known as "Copperheads," Clement L. Vallandigham emerged as a bitter critic of President Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865; see entry) and his administration during the Civil War. Vallandigham's opposition to Lincoln was based on his belief in the principle of states' rights and his certainty that the Union could never be restored through war. In 1863, however, his criticisms of the war effort became so strong that he was exiled (forced to leave) from the North.

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