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William Wilkins


In office
February 15, 1844 – March 4, 1845
President John Tyler
Preceded by James Madison Porter
Succeeded by William L. Marcy

Born December 20, 1779(1779-12-20)
Carlisle, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died June 23, 1865 (aged 85)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater University of Pittsburgh
Dickinson College
Profession Lawyer, Judge, Politician

William Wilkins (December 20, 1779 – June 23, 1865) was an American lawyer, jurist, and politician from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

He served in both houses of the state legislature, and was federal judge in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. He was elected to both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate as a Democrat and a Jacksonian. In the election of 1832, Wilkins received 30 electoral votes from Pennsylvania for the Vice Presidency (the other 189 votes went to the official party nominee, Martin Van Buren). He served as U.S. Secretary of War from 1844 to 1845 under President John Tyler.

Wilkins was born in Carlisle, PA, attended Pittsburgh Academy[1] and Dickinson College, and practiced law in Pittsburgh. Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania is named after him. Wilkins died in 1865 in Homewood, near Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pa, and is buried in the Homewood Cemetery there. His brother, Ross Wilkins, was a notable jurist in Michigan.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
James S. Stevenson
Robert Orr, Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 16th congressional district

1829 (resigned before qualifying)
Succeeded by
Harmar Denny
Preceded by
Thomas M. T. McKennan
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 21st congressional district

1843 – 1844
Succeeded by
Cornelius Darragh
United States Senate
Preceded by
William Marks
United States Senator from Pennsylvania
1831 – 1834
Served alongside: Isaac D. Barnard, George M. Dallas, Samuel McKean
Succeeded by
James Buchanan
Political offices
Preceded by
James Madison Porter
United States Secretary of War
Served under: John Tyler

1844 – 1845
Succeeded by
William L. Marcy
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Littleton Tazewell
Oldest living U.S. Senator
May 6, 1860-June 23, 1865
Succeeded by
Henry Dodge
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