Archives of Maryland
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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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