The Cabinet on the veto

March 30, 1866


President Johnson submits his formal veto of the Civil Rights bill demonstrating his stance on African American rights and gaining support from The Dispatch.


Andrew Johnson is a worthy successor of Andrew Jackson. One cannot but smile to read, we do in the New York World, that the President convened his Cabinet on Tuesday "for the purpose of submitting to them"- not the Civil Rights Bill, concerning which it appears he had never asked more than one of them for an opinion, but- his veto message. The account goes on to state that Seward, McCulloch, and Welles fully endorsed it; while Speed, Harlan, and Dennison gave no endorsement of it. No suggestions were made by any member of the Cabinet. After this, we imagine that Mr.Seward will not again be in a hurry to claim the credit of dictating the policy of the President.
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