The Road to Civil War

Orville H. Browning

(10 February, 1806 -- 10 August, 1881) Browning was an American lawyer, soldier, and politician. Born in Cynthiana, Ky., Browning studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1831. Browning moved to Quincy, Ill. in 1831, and served in the Illinois Volunteers during the Black Hawk War in 1832. Browning served as a member of the State Senate from 1836 to 1843. After multiple failed elections to Congress, Browning was appointed as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill a vacancy after the death of Stephen A. Douglas serving from June 26th, 1861 to January 12th, 1863. Browning was appointed as Secretary of the Interior from 1866 to 1869. Browning also served as a delegate to the State Constitutional Convention in 1869, resumed the practice of law, and died in 1881. [Source: 'Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774- Present', available at]

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