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John Middleton Clayton

Senator

John Middleton Clayton, American senator, secretary of state.

Background

Clayton, John Middleton was born on July 24, 1796 in Dagsborough, Delaware, United States. Son of James and Sarah (Middleton) Clayton.

Education

Graduated from Yale, 1815.

Career

Admitted to Delaware bar, 1819. Member Delaware Legislature, 1824. Secretary of state Delaware, 1826-1828.

Member United States Senate (National Republican) from Delaware, 1829-1836, active supporter of Jackson in nullification crisis, contributed to passage Clay Compromise tariff, 1833, conducted investigations of post office scandals, leading reform and reorganization, 1831, chairman judiciary committee, aided in settlement Michigan-Ohio boundary dispute. Chief justice Delaware, 1837-1839. Member United States Senate (Whig) from Delaware, 1845-1849, 53-56.

United States sec of state, 1849-1850. Negotiator Clayton-Bulwer treaty with Great Britain for an American isthmian canal, 1850.

Membership

Member Delaware Legislature, 1824. Member United States Senate (National Republican) from Delaware, 1829-1836, active supporter of Jackson in nullification crisis, contributed to passage Clay Compromise tariff, 1833, conducted investigations of post office scandals, leading reform and reorganization, 1831, chairman judiciary committee, aided in settlement Michigan-Ohio boundary dispute. Member United States Senate (Whig) from Delaware, 1845-1849, 53-56.

Connections

Married Sarah Fisher, 1822.

father:
James Clayton

mother:
Sarah (Middleton) Clayton

spouse:
Sarah Fisher