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William Pinkney

William Pinkney, American senator, diplomat. member Maryland. House of Delegates, 1788-1792; member Maryland. Executive Council, 1792-1795; member Maryland. Senate, 1811; member United States House of Representatives from Maryland., 14th Congress, 1815-April 18, 1816; member United States Senate from Maryland., 1819-1822.

Background

  • Pinkney, William was born on March 17, 1764 in Annapolis, Maryland, United States. Son of Jonathan and Ann (Rind) Pinkney.

  • Education

    • Studied law under Samuel Chase, 1783-1786.

    Career

    • Admitted to Maryland. bar, 1786. Practiced law in Hartford County, Maryland., later developed 1 of nation’s most lucrative law practices, Baltimore. Delegate Maryland. Convention to ratify United States Constitution, 1788.

      Member Maryland. House of Delegates, 1788-1792. Member Maryland. Executive Council, 1792-1795. Elected to the United States House of Representatives, 1792, refused to serve.

      Commissioner under Jay Treaty in England to adjust American claims for maritime losses, 1796-1804. Attorney general Maryland, 1805-1806. Joint commissioner with James Monroe to treat with England on subjects of violation of rights of neutrals and impressment, 1807.

      United States minister to England, 1807-1811. Member Maryland. Senate, 1811. United State Attorneys general, 1811-1814.

      Served as major Maryland. Militia in War of 1812, wounded at Battle of Bladensburg, 1814. Member United States House of Representatives from Maryland., 14th Congress, 1815-April 18, 1816.

      United States minister to Russia and special envoy to Naples, 1816-1818. Member United States Senate from Maryland., 1819-1822.

    Membership

    Member Maryland. House of Delegates, 1788-1792. Member Maryland. Executive Council, 1792-1795. Member Maryland. Senate, 1811.

    Member United States House of Representatives from Maryland., 14th Congress, 1815-April 18, 1816. Member United States Senate from Maryland., 1819-1822.

    Connections

    • Married Ann Maria Rodgers, March 16, 1789, 10 children including Edward Coote, Frederick.
    • father: Jonathan Pinkney
    • mother: Ann (Rind) Pinkney
    • spouse: Ann Maria Rodgers
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    Born March 17, 1764
    Died February 25, 1822
    (aged 57)
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