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William Morris Meredith

  • Birth 8 Jun 1799 Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 17 Aug 1873 Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Burial Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Memorial ID 11468047

Presidential Cabinet Secretary. A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. He was elected to the Pennsylvania state legislature and served between 1824-1828. He was a delegate to the Pennsylvania state constitutional convention in 1837. He was named U.S. District Attorney for the Eastern part of Pennsylvania in 1840 as a reward for his lobbying on behalf of William Henry Harrison for President. Meredith failed to be elected Senator from Pennsylvania in 1848, but soon after was appointed to be President Zachary Taylor's Secretary of the Treasury. He held this position from 1849 until Taylor's death in 1850, at which point he returned to practice law in Philadelphia. Meredith tried to prevent the South's secession, and after the war in 1870 was a member of the commission negotiating the Alabama Claims settlement at President Ulysses S. Grant's request.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 11468047
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Morris Meredith (8 Jun 1799–17 Aug 1873), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11468047, citing Christ Church Burial Ground, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .