On August 12, 1867, Johnson suspended Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton and asked Grant to act as interim Secretary. The next five months were among the most uncomfortable of Grant's political career. When the Senate refused to accept the suspension of Stanton, Grant resigned. He later supported the impeachment attempts against Johnson, and in the summer of 1868 submitted his name for the Presidential nomination of the Republican Party. Grant watched nervously from Galena, Illinois as the election results came in. He easily defeated the Democratic candidate, Horatio Seymour, garnering 214 of the 294 electoral votes.On March 4, 1869, Grant became the eighteenth President of the United States. He privately selected a Cabinet, relying on few others to help him. Unfortunately, Grant did
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