Louis McLane (1786-1857)
MSA SC 3520-2082
Born May 28, 1786 in Smyrna, Delaware. Son of Allan and Rebecca (Wells) McLane. Attended private schools; Newark College, Delaware; studied law under James A. Bayard. Admitted to the bar, 1807. Married Catherine Mary Milligan, 1812; one child, Robert Milligan McLane (1815-1898). Episcopalian. Died October 7, 1857 in Baltimore, Maryland; buried in Greenmount Cemetery.
Served in U.S. Navy, 1798-99, U.S.S. Philadelphia. Served in the War of 1812. Practiced law in Smyrna, Delaware. U.S. Representative from Delaware, 1817-27 (resigned). U.S. Senator, 1827-29 (resigned). Appointed by President Andrew Jackson as Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to England 1829-31. U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, 1831-33. U.S. Secretary of State, 1833-34. Moved to New York; President, Morris Canal & Banking Company, New York City. Moved to Baltimore, Maryland; president, Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Co. 1837-48. Served a second term as Minister to England, 1845-46. Delegate to the Maryland constitutional convention of 1850; chair, Committee on the Treasury Department.
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