US Presidential Cabinet Member. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he was the son of Dr. Benjamin Rush, who signed the Declaration of Independence. He graduated from graduated in 1797, went on to study law, was admitted to the bar in 1800 and served as Attorney General of Pennsylvania, in 1811. President Madison appointed him Attorney General of the United States in 1814 and for a short time in 1817, he also performed the duties of the Secretary of State. He served as Minister to England, (1817-25) and as President John Quincy Adams’ Secretary of the Treasury, (1825-39). He also served as United States Minister to France, (1847-49) and on the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution. He died at age 78 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
Catherine Elizabeth Murray Rush