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George M. Dallas

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George M. Dallas

George Mifflin Dallas (July 10, 1792December 31, 1864) was a U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania and the eleventh Vice President, 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. He returned to Philadelphia and was appointed deputy attorney general in 1817. He was mayor of Philadelphia from October 21, 1828 to April 15, 1829. Dallas was United States district 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 and served from December 13, 1831 to March 3, 1833, when he declined to be a candidate for reelection. He was chairman of the Committee on Naval Affairs.

Dallas resumed the practice of law. He was attorney general of Pennsylvania from 1833 to 1835. 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. He 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 3, 1849.

Dallas was appointed Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Britain by President Franklin Pierce from 1856 to 1861, when he returned to Philadelphia, and died there. He is interred in St. Peter's Churchyard. The city of Dallas, Texas and others are named in his honor.

Dallas was the son of U.S. Treasury Secretary Alexander J. Dallas and is the great-great-granduncle of U.S. Senator Claiborne Pell of Rhode Island. He is also the uncle of Alexander Dallas Bache.


Preceded by:
Joseph Watson
Mayor of Philadelphia
1828-1829
Succeeded by:
Benjamin W. Richards
Preceded by:
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U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
1829-1831
Succeeded by:
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Preceded by:
Isaac D. Barnard
U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania
1831-1833
Succeeded by:
Samuel McKean
Preceded by:
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Attorney General of Pennsylvania
1833-1835
Succeeded by:
?
Preceded by:
John R. Clay
U.S. Minister to Russia
1837-1839
Succeeded by:
Churchill C. Cambreleng
Preceded by:
Richard Mentor Johnson
Democratic Party Vice Presidential candidate
1844 (won)
Succeeded by:
William Orlando Butler
Preceded by:
John Tyler
Vice President of the United States
March 4, 1845March 3, 1849
Succeeded by:
Millard Fillmore
Preceded by:
James Buchanan
U.S. Minister to Britain
1856-1861
Succeeded by:
Charles Francis Adams

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