Dallas, Alexander James

Born: Jun 21, 1759 AD
Died: 1817 AD, at 57 years of age.

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.




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