1785 - Born on March 11th in New Jersey.
1803 - McLean moved to Cincinnati, where he studied law under Arthur St. Clair's son. He supported himself by working as a copyist in the clerk's office of Hamilton County.
1807 - The State of Ohio admitted him to the bar.
1812 - McLean embarked on a political career. Voters in Cincinnati elected McLean to represent them in the United States House of Representatives.
1814 - He was reelected to his seat unanimously. Before the end of his second term, the Ohio legislature appointed McLean as a justice of the Ohio Supreme Court.
1816-1822 - McLean held this office, when President James Monroe appointed him as a commissioner of the Federal Land Office.
1829 - President Andrew Jackson appointed McLean to the United States Supreme Court on March 7th.
1836 - McLean's prominence as a justice on the Supreme Court led numerous people to consider him for the presidency. The Whig Party considered him as a possible candidate.
1848 - Both the Liberty Party and the Free Soil Party debated running him as their candidate.
- McLean, however, never became a candidate for president.
1861 - He remained a justice on the Supreme Court until his death on April 4th.
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