Dickerson, Mahlon

Philadelphia & New Jersey jurist, Navy Secretary (Jackson-Van Buren), New Jersey Governor & US Senator

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(1770-1853) New Jersey governor and US Senator, appointed Secretary of the Navy by Presidents Jackson & Van Buren. He was the elder brother of New Jersey Governor Philemon Dickerson. He graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1789, studied the law and was admitted to the bar in 1793. He served in the New Jersey militia during the Whiskey Rebellion. He settled in Philadelphia, practicing in Pennsylvania courts from 1797. He was a Philadelphia jurist and a member of the Philadelphia Common Council in 1799, state adjutant general 1805-08, attorney general 1808-09, and Philadelphia city recorder 1808-10. He settled in Morris County, New Jersey in 1810 and was elected to state General Assembly in 1811. He was law reporter for the state Supreme Court 1813-14, and state Supreme Court justice 1813-15. He was Governor of 1815-17, elected as a Democratic-Republican to the US Senate in 1816, serving March 4, 1817-Jan. 30, 1829, when he resigned; he was immediately reelected to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Ephraim Bateman and served Jan. 30, 1829-March 4, 1833. On leaving the Senate, he was elected to the Legislative Council for Morris County and served as Vice President for that term. In 1834 he declined appointment as Minister to Russia and was appointed Secretary of the Navy by President Jackson, re-appointed by President Martin Van Buren, serving until June 1838. On July 14, 1840, he was nominated by President Van Buren to the US District Court for New Jersey, confirmed by the Senate on July 21, 1840, and received his commission July 23, 1840. However, he was appointed as a placeholder so his brother Philemon wouldn't have to give up his seat in the closely divided Congress until near the end of the Van Buren Administration, so he served less than a year, resigning Feb. 16, 1841. He was also a delegate to the 1844 New Jersey constitutional convention. During the 1820s, Dickerson was a member of the prestigious Columbian Institute for the Promotion of Arts and Sciences, which counted among its members former presidents Andrew Jackson and John Quincy Adams and many well-known representatives of the military, government service, medical and other professions. 1 ¼ x 2 ¾ clipped close (“Respectfully”) of an ALS

Condition: Good, slightly close at top, small red wax dot remnant at bottom of “h” in signature
Type:Signature






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