After reading part of an American history book over the weekend, I have a frankly dumb question.

Is suffragette Elizabeth Cady Stanton related at all to Reconstruction-Era Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton?

For the slightly uninitiated in American history, Elizabeth Cady Stanton was one of the most famous American suffragettes of first-wave Feminism (probably only behind Susan B. Anthony). She's most known for writing the Declaration of Sentiments, which is a document which criticized the US Declaration of Independence's stance towards women. She was also a temperance activist and staunch abolitionist.

Edwin Stanton was the Secretary of War on Abraham Lincoln's Cabinet (the "Team of Rivals", as Doris Kearns Goodwin famously opined). He's probably most known for getting fired by President Andrew Johnson, which led directly to Johnson's impeachment trial, the first for a sitting president in American history.

AFAIK there are family tree applications that exist that could tell me their relationship, however I have neither the time nor the willpower to look for those. I also can't seem to find an answer to this quandary on any reputable online source.

Ironically, I found out that today was the anniversary of Elizabeth Cady Stanton's birth. How interesting.



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