Clement Vallandigham © wood engraving (ed. 40) image: 7 x 5 in. $100.00 (go to "Hi There" for purchase information)
Clement Vallandigham was an Ohio lawyer and a pro-Confederate Democrat. He was voted out of office, but he continued to struggle against the war and worked to have Lincoln removed. Clem was later tried and convicted by a military tribunal for treason and he made a public declaration claiming he did not want to be a citizen of the United States. This gave the author, Edward Everett Hale, the inspiration to write The Man Without a Country. Lincoln avoided making him a martyr by handing him over to Tennessee. From there, Clem made his way to Bermuda, then north to Canada, where he declared himself a candidate for governor of Ohio. The Ohio Democrats voted unanimously to place Clem as their candidate, but he lost the election to a Republican.

When the Civil War ended Clem returned to Ohio and tried unsuccessfully to return to politics. There was always his law practice to fall back on. During his final case, he represented a man accused of murder. One of his defence strategies was to suggest to the jury that the victim could have committed suicide. Clem didn't realize, during his dramatic demonstration, with himself playing the part of the victim, that the gun was loaded.

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