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Daniel Edgar Sickles became a New York politician with tremendous clout. Sickles murdered his wife's lover Phillip Barton Key, the son of Francis Scott Key, and got away with it. Later he was an integral part of the Union victory at Gettysburg.
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In brief, he was James Buchannan's attache in London, a New York state congressman, a Civil War brigadier general, a post war governor of South Carolina, and minister to Spain. Yet his behavior is so scandalous that there is scant mention of him in most history books.

His leg, lost to cannon shot at Gettysburg, is preserved at the Walter Reed Medical Center and he would visit with friends on the anniversary of its loss to view it. He was a terrible womanizer and took with him a prostitute on an overseas assignment in London and introduced her to the Queen of England. He reportedly seduced a woman of great power in Spain when there representing the U.S. Eventually, he toured the country with old confederate war rivals in a lecture series.
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Plot & Themes

Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Politician story?    -   corrupt politician Period of greatest activity?    -   1600-1899

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   politician/elected ruler Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   American


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Century:    -   19th century

Writing Style

How much dialogue in bio?    -   little dialog

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