George M. Dallas


George M. Dallas

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name = George Mifflin Dallas



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order = 11th Vice President of the United States
term_start = March 4, 1845
term_end = March 4, 1849
president = James Knox Polk
predecessor = John Tyler
(1841)
successor = Millard Fillmore
order2 = United States Senator
from Pennsylvania
term_start2 = December 13, 1831
term_end2 = March 3, 1833
predecessor2 = Isaac D. Barnard
successor2 = Samuel McKean
order3 = Attorney General of Pennsylvania
term_start3 = 1833
term_end3 = 1835
governor3 = George Wolf
predecessor3 = Ellis Lewis
successor3 = James Todd
order4 = 80th Mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
term_start4 = 1828
term_end4 = 1829
predecessor4 = Joseph Wilson
successor4 = Benjamin W. Richards
order5 = United States Minister to Russia
term_start5 = March 7, 1837
term_end5 = July 29, 1839
president5 = Martin Van Buren
predecessor5 = John Randolph Clay
successor5 = Churchill C. Cambreleng
order6 = United States Minister to the Court of St. James's
term_start6 = 1856
term_end6 = 1861
president6 = Franklin Pierce
James Buchanan
Abraham Lincoln
predecessor6 = James Buchanan
successor6 = Charles F. Adams
order7 = United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
term_start7 = 1829
term_end7 = 1831
nominator7 = Andrew Jackson
predecessor7 = Charles Jared Ingersoll
successor7 = Henry D. Gilpin
birth_date =July 10, 1792
birth_place =Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
death_date =December 31, 1864 (aged 72)
death_place =Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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party =Democratic
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spouse =Sophia Nicklin Dallas
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alma_mater =College of New Jersey
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George Mifflin Dallas (July 10, 1792 – December 31, 1864) was a U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania and the eleventh Vice President of the United States, serving under James K. Polk.

Dallas was born in Philadelphia and graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1810. He was admitted to the bar in 1813 and served as private secretary to Albert Gallatin, Minister to Russia. Dallas returned in 1814 and practiced law in New York City. He was solicitor of the Second Bank of the United States from 1816 to 1817.

Dallas returned to Philadelphia and was appointed deputy attorney general in 1817. He was mayor of Philadelphia from October 21, 1828, to April 15, 1829, then served as United States Attorney for the eastern district of Pennsylvania from 1829 to 1831.

He was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Isaac D. Barnard. Dallas served less than 15 months — from December 13, 1831, to March 4, 1833 — and declined to be a candidate for reelection. He was chairman of the Committee on Naval Affairs.

Dallas resumed the practice of law, was attorney general of Pennsylvania from 1833 to 1835, and served as the Grand Master of Freemasons in Pennsylvania in 1835 [http://www.pagrandlodge.org/gmaster/history/1835dallas027.html] . He was appointed by President Martin Van Buren as Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Russia from 1837 to 1839, when he was recalled at his own request. Dallas was elected Vice President of the United States on the Democratic ticket in 1844 with James K. Polk and served from March 4, 1845 to March 4, 1849.

President Franklin Pierce appointed Dallas in 1856 as Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Britain, where he served until 1861, when he returned to Philadelphia. He died there in 1864 at the age of 72 and was interred in St. Peter's Churchyard. Dallas County, Iowa and Dallas County, Texas, and several U. S. cities and towns elsewhere were named in his honor such as Dallas, Georgia, Dallastown, Pennsylvania and Dallas, Oregon the county seat of Polk County, Oregon. (It is debated that the "city" of Dallas, Texas, is named after the Vice President. Click here for more information)

Dallas was the son of U.S. Treasury Secretary Alexander J. Dallas and is the great-great-granduncle of former U.S. Senator Claiborne Pell of Rhode Island. He was also the brother of Naval officer Alexander J. Dallas and the uncle of George M. Bache and Alexander Dallas Bache. He was of Scottish heritage.

References

* "George Mifflin Dallas." "Dictionary of American Biography Base Set." American Council of Learned Societies, 1928-1936.
* Hatfield, Mark O. [http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/resources/pdf/george_dallas.pdf George Mifflin Dallas.] "Vice-Presidents of the United States, 1789-1983." Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office. 1979.

External links

* [http://www.hti.umich.edu/cgi/t/text/pageviewer-idx?c=moa;cc=moa;rgn=full%20text;idno=ABJ4854.0001.001;didno=ABJ4854.0001.001;view=image;seq=00000003 A Series of Letters Written from London by George M. Dallas]
* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=2844 Find-A-Grave profile for George M. Dallas]

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