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Portrait of Carter Glass

9th President of the Confederate States

Predecessor: Furnifold Simmons
Successor: Jacob M. Dickinson
Vice President: James P. Clarke

8th Vice President of the Confederate States

Predecessor: Thomas Goode Jones
Successor: James P. Clarke

Member of the C.S.A. House of Representatives from Virginia's 6th congressional district

Born: January 4, 1858
Lynchburg, Virginia, USA
Died: May 28, 1946
Political Party: Democrat
Profession: Politician, Editor

Carter Glass (January 4, 1858 – May 28, 1946) was elected as the 9th President of the Confederate States of America, after defeating former Secretary of State Jacob M. Dickinson in the 1909 Confederate States Presidential. Later on, Glass would go on to serve as Secretary of the Treasury (1922-1928), making him the only Confederate President to serve in a successor's cabinet.

Although not as outspoken on race as predecessor Simmons was, Glass supported the Voting Eligibility Act and as a Representative from Virginia, he was the only Virginian congressman not to vote in favor of the Eighth Amendment. A strong supporter of fiscal conservatism, as President he is perhaps best remembered for working with Congress to strike a compromise on the issue of bank reform which led to the National Reserve Act of 1913. Later on, after being selected as Secretary of the Treasury under President Robinson, Glass would modernize the system further, as a result, he became popularly known as the "Father of the National Reserve"

Despite the popularity of both Glass and predecessor Furnifold Simmons, Glass was unable to keep his party united following the sudden death of incumbent Vice President James P. Clarke in October of 1915 and the chaos that ensued, within the party, would cost the Democrats in the 1915 presidential election. Aside from his regrettably intolerant racial views, considering the times, this is considered by many to be perhaps one of only a very few failures of the Glass administration.

Early Politics

Before entering politics, Glass served as an editor for his father's newspaper. Like most Virginians, Glass was an early supporter of Robert E. Lee , but soon became dissatisfied with the Whig Party, over the issue of abolition. In 1888, Glass attended the Democratic Confederate Convention as a delegate where he met and befriended Furnifold Simmons. He was elected to the Virginia State Senate in 1891 and the Confederate States House of Representatives in 1895. In 1900, his reputation as a fiscal conservative earned him a seat on the House Committee on Banking and Currency, where he sat until being elected Vice President in 1903

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