Presidential Cabinet Secretary. Born in Salem County, New Jersey, he graduated from Princeton College in 1834, studied law at the law office of Eli K. Price of Philadelphia and was admitted to the bar in 1838. He was appointed commissioner by President Polk, in 1846, to adjudicate the claims of the Cherokee Indians against the United States Government and was the Pennsylvania State Attorney General, in 1867. In 1881, President Chester A. Arthur, appointed him as a Republican, Attorney General of the United States and he held the office until the accession of President Grover Cleveland, in 1885. After he left office, he was a noted Philadelphia lawyer and was head of the Philadelphia Bar. He died at age 71 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith