George M. Dallas
name = George Mifflin Dallas
order = 11th
Vice President of the United States
term_start = March 4, 1845
term_end = March 4, 1849
James Knox Polk
United States Senator
term_start2 = December 13, 1831
term_end2 = March 3, 1833
Isaac D. Barnard
order3 = Attorney General of Pennsylvania
term_start3 = 1833
term_end3 = 1835
order4 = 80th Mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
term_start4 = 1828
term_end4 = 1829
predecessor4 = Joseph Wilson
Benjamin W. Richards
order5 = United States Minister to Russia
term_start5 = March 7, 1837
term_end5 = July 29, 1839
Martin Van Buren
John Randolph Clay
Churchill C. Cambreleng
order6 = United States Minister to the Court of St. James's
term_start6 = 1856
term_end6 = 1861
Franklin Pierce James Buchanan Abraham Lincoln
Charles F. Adams
order7 = United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
term_start7 = 1829
term_end7 = 1831
Charles Jared Ingersoll
Henry D. Gilpin
birth_date =July 10, 1792
death_date =December 31, 1864 (aged 72)
spouse =Sophia Nicklin Dallas
alma_mater =College of New Jersey
George Mifflin Dallas (July 10, 1792 – December 31, 1864) was a U.S. Senator from
Pennsylvaniaand the eleventh Vice President of the United States, serving under James K. Polk.
Dallas was born in Philadelphia and graduated from the College of New Jersey (now
Princeton University) in 1810. He was admitted to the bar in 1813 and served as private secretary to Albert Gallatin, Minister to Russia. Dallas returned in 1814 and practiced law in New York City. He was solicitor of the Second Bank of the United Statesfrom 1816 to 1817.
Dallas returned to Philadelphia and was appointed deputy attorney general in 1817. He was mayor of Philadelphia from October 21, 1828, to April 15, 1829, then served as United States Attorney for the eastern district of Pennsylvania from 1829 to 1831.
He was elected as a Democrat to the
United States Senateto fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Isaac D. Barnard. Dallas served less than 15 months — from December 13, 1831, to March 4, 1833 — and declined to be a candidate for reelection. He was chairman of the Committee on Naval Affairs.
Dallas resumed the practice of law, was attorney general of Pennsylvania from 1833 to 1835, and served as the Grand Master of
Freemasonsin Pennsylvania in 1835 [http://www.pagrandlodge.org/gmaster/history/1835dallas027.html] . He was appointed by President Martin Van Burenas Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Russia from 1837 to 1839, when he was recalled at his own request. Dallas was elected Vice President of the United States on the Democratic ticket in 1844 with James K. Polkand served from March 4, 1845 to March 4, 1849.
Franklin Pierceappointed Dallas in 1856 as Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Britain, where he served until 1861, when he returned to Philadelphia. He died there in 1864 at the age of 72 and was interred in St. Peter's Churchyard. Dallas County, Iowaand Dallas County, Texas, and several U. S. cities and towns elsewhere were named in his honor such as Dallas, Georgia, Dallastown, Pennsylvaniaand Dallas, Oregonthe county seat of Polk County, Oregon. (It is debated that the "city" of Dallas, Texas, is named after the Vice President. Click here for more information)
Dallas was the son of U.S. Treasury Secretary Alexander J. Dallas and is the great-great-granduncle of former
U.S. Senator Claiborne Pellof Rhode Island. He was also the brother of Naval officer Alexander J. Dallas and the uncle of George M. Bacheand Alexander Dallas Bache. He was of Scottish heritage.
* "George Mifflin Dallas." "Dictionary of American Biography Base Set." American Council of Learned Societies, 1928-1936.
* Hatfield, Mark O. [http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/resources/pdf/george_dallas.pdf George Mifflin Dallas.] "Vice-Presidents of the United States, 1789-1983." Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office. 1979.
* [http://www.hti.umich.edu/cgi/t/text/pageviewer-idx?c=moa;cc=moa;rgn=full%20text;idno=ABJ4854.0001.001;didno=ABJ4854.0001.001;view=image;seq=00000003 A Series of Letters Written from London by George M. Dallas]
* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=2844 Find-A-Grave profile for George M. Dallas]
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