Charles Magill Conrad
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Charles Magill Conrad (December 24, 1804 – February 11, 1878) was a Louisiana politician who served in the United States Senate, United States House of Representatives, and Confederate Congress. He was Secretary of War under President Millard Fillmore and, briefly, Franklin Pierce, from 1850 until 1853.
|Charles Magill Conrad|
Charles Magill Conrad in 1873
|22nd United States Secretary of War|
August 15, 1850 – March 7, 1853
|Preceded by||George W. Crawford|
|Succeeded by||Jefferson Davis|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 2nd district
March 4, 1849 – August 17, 1850
|Preceded by||Bannon G. Thibodeaux|
|Succeeded by||Henry A. Bullard|
|United States Senator
April 14, 1842 – March 3, 1843
|Preceded by||Alexander Mouton|
|Succeeded by||Alexander Porter|
December 24, 1804|
Winchester, Virginia, U.S.
|Died||February 11, 1878
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Charles Magill Conrad was born in Winchester, Virginia, in 1804; moved to Mississippi with his family as a boy and later moved to Louisiana. He was educated under a Dr. Huld at New Orleans. He was appointed to the U.S. Senate in April 1842 to fill the unexpired term of Alexandre Mouton, serving to March 1843, and was defeated for reelection in his own right. He later served in the House of Representatives from 1849–1850, resigning to accept appointment as Secretary of War in Fillmore’s cabinet. Conrad remained in charge of the War Department from August 15, 1850 to March 7, 1853. He was a leader of the secession movement in Louisiana in December 1860. During the American Civil War, under the Confederate States of America, he served as a delegate to the Provisional Constitution of the Confederate States and as a representative from Louisiana to the Confederate Congress, 1862–1864. Following the war, he resumed the practice of law. He died in New Orleans in 1878.