Abraham Lincolns White House – Simon Cameron (1799-1889)

http://www.mrlincolnswhitehouse.org/inside.asp?ID=85&subjectID=2

A typically terrific quote from Lincoln’s White House, though shockingly, this one did not emanate from Lincoln himself. Here, corrupt War Secretary Simon Cameron’s reputation is discussed:

Mr. Lincoln reportedly asked Thaddeus Stevens about Cameron’s honesty and was told that “I do not believe he would steal a red hot stove.” When the President repeated the story, Cameron was offended and a retraction from Stevens was demanded. The crusty Republican congressman replied that he could have been wrong and thus suggesting that perhaps Cameron might steal a red hot stove.

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