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Zachary Taylor and his Cabinet, 1849.
Reverdy Johnson (on the right) served as attorney general under President Taylor, who is standing

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Reverdy Johnson Was Born
May 21, 1796

The state of Maryland was caught in the middle of the Civil War. It was a slave-holding state, but some of its leaders, such as attorney and statesman Reverdy Johnson, wanted to remain with the Union and not join the rest of the slave states in forming the Confederacy.

Born on May 21, 1796, in Annapolis, Maryland, Johnson represented Maryland in the Senate and served as attorney general under President Zachary Taylor. That's him in the picture on the far right. Johnson took on several controversial roles because of his state's position.

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