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CCM Professor Mark Washburne Releases Fifth Book on Illinois Congressman

Revealing the Life and Times of Elihu Washburne
Mark Washburne of Mendham, associate professor of history and political science at County College of Morris (CCM), has released his latest book on the life of Illinois Civil War Congressman Elihu Benjamin Washburne, one of his distant cousins.

The book, American Minister to France During Paris Commune of 1871, looks at the start of President Ulysses S. Grant’s administration when Grant nominated his old friend, Elihu Washburne, as Secretary of State and then Prime Minister of France. This book explores the life of Elihu Washburne in France with special focus on his significant role during the Paris Commune of 1871.

The work is the fifth book in Professor Washburne’s series, A Biography of Elihu Benjamin Washburne. The other books in the series are:
  • Illinois Whig and Republican Congressman During the Rise of Abraham Lincoln
  • Illinois Republican Congressman During the Civil War and the Rise of Ulysses S. Grant
  • American Diplomat During the Assassination of Lincoln, Reconstruction Impeachment of Johnson, Election of Grant and Fall of Napoleon III
  • American Minister to France During the Franco-German War of 1870-1871
Professor Washburne is a distant cousin of Elihu Washburne and also a distant cousin of Grant.

He attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science and later earned a master's degree in the same subject. He also completed an MBA in marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison. He has been an educator in higher education for more than 21 years.

For more information on his recent book and series, visit:

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Photo: Professor Mark Washburne of Mendham, associate professor of history and political science at County College of Morris, authors his fifth volume in the Elihu Washburne series.

Credit: Bill SanFilippo