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Reverdy Johnson, 1796-1876

Nationality: American
Date of Birth: 1796
Place of Birth: Annapolis, MD
Date of Death: 1876
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In 1820 was appointed chief commissioner of insolvent debtors, which office he held until 1821, when he was elected to the state senate, serving five years. He was re-elected and resigned in the second year of that term. In 1845 he was chosen a Senator in Congress. He remained there until 1848, when he resigned to accept the post of Attorney-General of the United States. In 1862 he was again elected a senator in congress from Maryland for the term commencing in 1863 and ending in 1868. He was the US Minister to England from 1868 to 1869.

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Johnson, Rossiter (ed.), The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans, 10 vols., Boston, 1904, vol. 6; Who Was Who in America, Chicago, 1964, p. 281.