Benjamin F. Hallett
Benjamin Franklin Hallett (
December 2, 1797– September 30, 1861) was a Massachusettslawyer and Democratic Party activist, most notable as the first chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
Benjamin Franklin Hallett was born in
Barnstable, Massachusetts. After graduating from Brown Universityin 1816, he studied law and began a jounalistic career in Providence, Rhode Island. He soon moved to Boston, where he began with the "Boston Advocate", shifting to the "Boston Daily Advertiser" in 1827. At that time he espoused the views of the Anti-Masonic Party, but when that particular group went out of fashion he switched to the Democratic Party as an enemy of Henry Clay. He joined and became a prominent member of the Suffolk County, Massachusettsbar.
As a candidate for Congress in 1844 and 1848 he was defeated both times by Whig
Robert C. Winthrop. In the latter race Charles Sumnerwas also a candidate, representing the Free-Soil Party. In 1848 he became, for four years, the first Chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
In March 1853, President
Franklin Pierceappointed Hallett to succeed George Luntfor a four year term as United States District Attorneyfor the District of Massachusetts. At the 1856 Democratic National Convention, Hallett was chairman of the Platform Committee.
Role in the splintering of the 1860 Democratic Convention
In 1860 he was chosen as a delegate, but skipped the
Charleston, South Carolina, meeting. Trying to regain the seat he had vacated, the convention at Baltimorevoted 138 to 112 to deny Hallett the seat. He then joined the walk-out Convention that nominated John C. Breckinridgeand Joseph Lane.
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Henry Hallett Dale — Born 9 June 1875(1875 06 09) London, England Died 23 July 1968(1968 07 23) … Wikipedia
Base Aérea Teniente Benjamín Matienzo — Matienzo Base in 1962 Coordinates … Wikipedia
Democratic National Committee — Founded 1848 Headquarters Washington, D.C., U.S. Key people … Wikipedia
United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts — (D. Mass.) Map … Wikipedia
1852 Democratic National Convention — The 1852 Democratic National Convention was held at Maryland Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. This convention is notable for the hostility between groups of the party, divided over the Compromise of 1850. The convention was called to order by… … Wikipedia
1856 Democratic National Convention — The 1856 Democratic National Convention, held at Smith Nixon s Hall in Cincinnati was the first national party nominating convention to be held outside the original thirteen states. Called to order at Noon on Monday June 2 by National Committee… … Wikipedia
Democratic National Committee — Debbie Wasserman Schultz, die DNC Vorsitzende Das Democratic National Committee (DNC) ist die nationale Organisation der Demokratischen Partei der USA. Es betreibt Fundraising und stellt die politischen Positionen der Gesamtpartei dar. Wenn die… … Deutsch Wikipedia
Anti-Masonic Party — Parti anti maçonnique William Wirt (1772 1834), ancien procureur général des États Unis, fut le candidat du Parti anti maçonnique lors de l élection présidentielle de 1832 … Wikipédia en Français
Parti anti-maconnique — Parti anti maçonnique William Wirt (1772 1834), ancien procureur général des États Unis, fut le candidat du Parti anti maçonnique lors de l élection présidentielle de 1832 … Wikipédia en Français
Parti anti-maçonnique — William Wirt (1772 1834), ancien procureur général des États Unis, fut le candidat du Parti anti maçonnique lors de l élection présidentielle de 1832 … Wikipédia en Français