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John C. Frémont
Fremont
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1813
Date of Death: 1890
Cause of Death: Peritonitis
Religion: Episcopalian
Occupation: Soldier, Politician
Spouse: Jessie Benton Frémont
Children: Five, two of whom died in infancy
Relatives: Richard Taylor Jacob (brother-in-law)
Political Party: Republican Party
Military Branch: United States Army (Mexican War;
American Civil War)
Turtledove Appearances:
The Guns of the South
POD: January 17, 1864
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Political Party: Radical Republicans
John Charles Frémont (January 21, 1813 – July 13, 1890), was an American military officer, explorer, the first candidate of the Republican Party for the office of President of the United States, and the first presidential candidate of a major party to run on a platform in opposition to slavery, although he lost to Democratic candidate, James Buchanan.

Prior, Frémont served as a military governor of California (1847), and then US Senator (1850-1851). He held the rank of General for the Union army during the American Civil War. In 1862, as commander of the U.S. Army's Department of the West, Frémont took the dramatic step of imposing martial law on the state of Missouri, during which he emancipated the slaves and seized the property of secessionists. His actions brought him into conflict with President Abraham Lincoln, who overruled Frémont and rescinded his order.

In 1864, Frémont was the favored candidate of the Radical Republicans. Only a political deal with Lincoln kept Frémont from running. After the war, Frémont left politics, except for a brief stint as the territorial governor of Arizona.

John C. Frémont in The Guns of the SouthEdit

With the Republican Party in disarray after the Confederate victory in Second American Revolution, John C. Frémont became the presidential nominee of the breakaway "Radical Republicans" in the 1864 election. Andrew Johnson, a Tennessee politician who had refused to secede with his home state, was Frémont's running-mate. The close election was won by Democratic candidate Horatio Seymour while incumbent Abraham Lincoln came in second. The Fremont-Johnson ticket came in third place in the popular vote with 436,337 votes but last in the electoral votes, only carrying three electoral votes from Kansas.

Political offices
(OTL)
Preceded by
John Philo Hoyt
Governor of Arizona Territory
1878–1881
Succeeded by
Frederick Augustus Tritle
New title United States Senator from California
(Class 1)

1850–1851
Served alongside: William M. Gwin
Succeeded by
John B. Weller
Party political offices
(OTL)
Preceded by
New party
Republican Party Presidential Candidate
1856 (lost)
Succeeded by
Abraham Lincoln
Party political offices
(The Guns of the South)
Preceded by
New faction
Radical Republican nominee for President
1864 (lost)
Succeeded by
Most recent

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