George Mifflin Dallas

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Dallas, George Mifflin,

1792–1864, American statesman, vice president of the United States (1845–49), b. Philadelphia; son of Alexander James DallasDallas, Alexander James
, 1759–1817, U.S. secretary of the treasury (1814–16), b. Jamaica, West Indies. He went (1783) to Philadelphia, practiced law, and was secretary of state (1791–1801) and U.S. district attorney (1801–14) in Pennsylvania.
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. He read law, was admitted (1813) to the bar, and was secretary to Albert GallatinGallatin, Albert
, 1761–1849, American financier and public official, b. Geneva, Switzerland. Left an orphan at nine, Gallatin was reared by his patrician relatives and had an excellent education.
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. After serving as solicitor (1815–17) of the Bank of the United States, Dallas was city attorney (1817–19) and mayor (1819) of Philadelphia. An active Democrat, he was appointed (1829) U.S. district attorney for E Pennsylvania, then served as a U.S. senator (1831–33), as attorney general of Pennsylvania (1833–35), and as minister to Russia (1837–39). He returned to his law practice, and a sharp political rivalry developed between him and James BuchananBuchanan, James,
1791–1868, 15th President of the United States (1857–61), b. near Mercersburg, Pa., grad. Dickinson College, 1809. Early Career

Buchanan studied law at Lancaster, Pa.
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 in Pennsylvania. In 1844, Dallas was elected vice president on the Democratic ticket along with James K. PolkPolk, James Knox
, 1795–1849, 11th President of the United States (1845–49), b. Mecklenburg co., N.C. Early Career

His family moved (1806) to the Duck River valley in Tennessee and there, after graduating from the Univ.
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. Dallas was later appointed (1856) minister to Great Britain and was succeeded (1861) in that post by Charles Francis AdamsAdams, Charles Francis,
1807–86, American public official, minister to Great Britain (1861–68), b. Boston; son of John Quincy Adams. After a boyhood spent in various European capitals, he was graduated (1825) from Harvard and studied law under Daniel Webster.
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. Dallas conducted the negotiations leading to the Dallas-Clarendon Convention, signed in 1856, which set a basis for the settlement of difficulties in Central America. He also secured from Great Britain a disavowal of the right of search, a historic matter of dispute. He wrote a biography (1871) of his father.

Bibliography

See his letters from London (1869) and his diaries (1892) while a minister to Great Britain and Russia.