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American Elihu B. WASHBURNE

born Elihu Benjamin WASHBURNE

25th United States Secretary of State

Source :  Tim DOWLING

Born: on September 23, 1816 in Livermore, Maine, USA
Died: on October 23, 1887 in Chicago, Illinois, USA


Elihu Benjamin Washburne was born in Livermore, Maine. His father was Israel Washburn and his mother was Martha Benjamin. Washburne was the third oldest of eleven children born to his parents Israel and Martha. Washburne's family went into financial trouble and in 1829, Israel had to sell his general store. Washburne's family was forced to rely on farming for food, and Washburne and his brothers had to fend for themselves. At the age of 14, Washburne had added the letter "e" to his name, as was the original ancestrial spelling, and left home in search of education and a career.

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