John Middleton Clayton

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John Middleton Clayton

Dagsboro, Sussex County, Delaware, USA
Death 9 Nov 1856 (aged 60)
Dover, Kent County, Delaware, USA
Burial Dover, Kent County, Delaware, USA
Memorial ID 6653482 · View Source
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U.S. Senator, Presidential Cabinet Member. He graduated from Yale College in 1815, studied law at the Litchfield Law School, was admitted to the bar in 1819 and practiced law in Dover, Delaware. He was a member of the Delaware State House of Representatives in 1824 and Delaware Secretary of State, (1826-28). In 1829, he was elected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the United States Senate, serving until he resigned in 1836. He was Chief Justice of Delaware, (1837-39) and again elected as a Whig to the United States Senate, serving (1845-49). In 1849, he accepted the position of Secretary of State in the Cabinet of President Zachary Taylor, serving until 1850. While as Secretary of State he negotiated the Clayton-Bulwer Treaty with Great Britain. In 1853, he was elected as a Whig to the United States Senate and served until his death at age 60.

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