Clement Vallandigham
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1820
Date of Death: 1871
Cause of Death: Accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound
Occupation: Lawyer, Politician
Political Party: Democratic Party
Political Office(s): United States Representative from Ohio
Fictional Appearances:
The Guns of the South
POD: January 17, 1864
Type of Appearance: Contemporary references
Political Office(s): Vice President of the United States

Clement Laird Vallandigham (July 29, 1820 – June 17, 1871) was an Ohio unionist of the Copperhead faction of anti-war, pro-Confederate Democrats during the American Civil War. He served as a U.S. representative from Ohio from 1858-1863. He grew to infamy as a sharp critic of Abraham Lincoln, and faced a military court for "uttering disloyal sentiments", and was sentenced to prison. He was then exiled to the Confederate States, where he then left and entered Canada. While in Canada, he attempted to run for the office of governor of Ohio.

After the war, Vallandigham returned to Ohio and again practiced law. During a trial, Vallandigham accidentally shot himself, and died of his wounds.

Clement Vallandigham in The Guns of the South[]

In 1864, with the Confederate States emerging victorious from the Second American Revolution, Clement Vallandigham was elected Vice President of the United States on the Democratic ticket, balancing out the more moderate presidential candidate, Horatio Seymour.[1] Given his pro-Confederate stance, many in the C.S. government, Robert E. Lee and Judah Benjamin among them, were hopeful that Vallandigham would help formulate a U.S. policy that favored the C.S.A.[2]

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  1. The Guns of the South, pg. 249
  2. Ibid., at, e.g., 287.
Political offices
Preceded by
Lewis D. Campbell
U.S. Representative from Ohio's 3rd District
Succeeded by
Robert C. Schenk
Political offices
(The Guns of the South)
Preceded by
Hannibal Hamlin
Vice President of the United States
Succeeded by
Incumbent at novel's end, 1868
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(The Guns of the South)
Preceded by
H.V. Johnson
Democratic Vice Presidential candidate
1864 (won)
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