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Lewis Cass was born this day, Oct. 9, 1782. He fought in the War of 1812, and later became the governor of the Michigan Territory. Cass made treaties with the Indians, organized townships and built roads. He was a U.S. senator, secretary of state under President Buchanan and the Democratic presidential candidate in 1848. Lewis Cass stated: “The fate of republican government is indissolubly bound up with the fate of the Christian religion, and a people who reject its holy faith will find themselves the slaves of their own evil passions and of arbitrary power.”

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