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Dallas, Alexander James

Born: 1759 AD
Died: 1817 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Lawyers, Politician

US (Jamaican-born) lawyer and Democratic politician


1759 – Born on the 21st of June in Kingston, Jamaica, to Dr. Robert Charles Dallas and Sarah Elizabeth (Cormack) Hewitt.


1764 – Moved to Edinburgh and then to London, and in London he studied under James Elphinston.


1783 – Immigrated to US.


1781 – In Jamaica, he was admitted to the bar through his father’s connections.


1785 – Dallas was admitted to the Pennsylvania bar.


1793 – He was a founder of the Democratic-Republican Societies.


1791-1801 – Governor Thomas Mifflin named Dallas secretary of the commonwealth.


1801-1814 – He was named United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.


1814-1816 – Secretary of the Treasury.


1815 – Acting Secretary of War and for a time that year was acting Secretary of State as well.


1791 – Member of the American Philosophical Society from and a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania.


1817 – Alexander James Dallas died on 16th of January.