Simon Cameron was born in Maytown, Pennsylvania, the third son of Charles Cameron, a poor tailor, and Martha Pfoutz. When he was six, the struggling family moved to Sunbury. He was orphaned at nine. At eleven, he was apprenticed to a printer, Andrew Kennedy, editor of the Northumberland Gazette.
He was 62 years old when the Civil War began.
|Washington, D.C. - 1822|
Cameron served as state printer of Pennsylvania from 1825 until 1827 and was state adjutant general in 1826. He constructed several rail lines and merged them into the Northern Central Railway. In 1829 he was appointed adjutant general of the state militia by Governor Shulze, his sister-in-law’s brother. Though he served but two years, he was known as “General” to the end of his life.
|Cameron House and Bank, |
|Lincoln's Cabinet with Cameron as Secretary of War|
|Cartoon from February 1862: "Good-by . . . I'm off for Russia!|