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This is the time that tries men’s souls, and many probably will be found wanting.

The Union was in the midst of the worst war in American history—the Southern rebellion and Civil War.

Carl Schurz, 1829-1906, U. S. Senator (Republican, MO), February 4, 1861

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Carl Schurz
Carl Schurz
  • Born: March 2, 1829
  • Died: May 14, 1906
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Public Servant

Carl Christian Schurz was a German revolutionary and an American statesman, journalist, and reformer. He emigrated to the United States after the German revolutions of 1848–49 and became a prominent member of the new Republican Party. After serving as a Union general in the American Civil War, he helped found the short lived Liberal Republican Party and became a prominent advocate of civil service reform. Schurz represented Missouri in the United States Senate and was the 13th United States Secretary of the Interior.

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