Benjamin Wade
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1800
Date of Death: 1878
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Occupation: Lawyer, Judge, Politician, Author of Non-Fiction
Political Party: Whig Party,
Republican Party
Political Office(s): United States Senator from Ohio
Fictional Appearances:
Fort Pillow
Set in OTL
Type of Appearance: Direct

"Must and Shall"
POD: July 12, 1864
Type of Appearance: Direct
Political Office(s): United States Senator from Ohio

Benjamin Wade (October 27, 1800 – March 2, 1878) was a Radical Republican US Senator representing the state of Ohio during the period of the American Civil War. He chaired the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War, among other committees. He also served as President pro tempore of the Senate, and so was next in line to the presidency during the Andrew Johnson Administration. Wade's role in the impeachment of Johnson was seen as distasteful by many, Republican and Democrat, precisely because he had a unique interest in the trial's outcome.

Benjamin Wade in Fort Pillow[]

In April 1864, Benjamin Wade and Congressman Daniel Gooch were sent by the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War to a US Army hospital in Tennessee to interview survivors of the Fort Pillow "Massacre" in order to compile a report on the action for the Committee. In his interviews, Wade pressured the survivors to exaggerate the brutality of Nathan Bedford Forrest's troops and to implicate Forrest himself in the atrocities for propaganda's sake.

Benjamin Wade in "Must and Shall"[]

Following the Great Rebellion, Benjamin Wade was one of the Radical Republicans who supported President Hannibal Hamlin's plan to impose a harsh punishment upon the South.

Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas Ewing , Sr.
United States Senator from Ohio
Succeeded by
Allen G. Thurman
Preceded by
Lafayette Foster
President Pro Tempore of the United States Senate
Succeeded by
Henry Anthony
Preceded by
Solomon Foot
Dean of the United States Senate
Succeeded by
Charles Sumner