Richard Rush Edit Profile
Graduated from College of New Jersey (now Princeton), 1797.
Admitted to Pennsylvania bar, 1800. Appointed attorney general of Pennsylvania, 1811. Republican; became comptroller United States Treasury, 1811.
United State Attorneys general, 1814-1817. United States secretary of state, 1817. United States minister to Great Britain, 1817-1824, negotiated treaty of joint occupation of Oregon, sent dispatches which were an important factor in persuading James Monroe and John Quincy Adams to proclaim Monroe Doctrine, 1823.
United States secretary of treasury, 1825-1828. Commissioned (with General Benjamin Chew Howard to settle boundary dispute between Ohio and Michigan, 1835. United States agent to secure Smithson bequest to the United States (which established Smithsonian Institution, Washington, District of Columbia), 1836-1838.
United States minister to France, 1847-1849, decided to recognize republic set up in 1848 without waiting for instructions from Washington. Member American Philosophical Society Author: John Randolph Abroad and at Home (under pseudonym Julius), 1828. Memoranda of a Residence at the Court of London, 1st edit., 1833, 2d edition., 1845.
Occasional Productions, Political, Diplomatic, and zmiscellaneous, 1860. Washington in Domestic Life. Editor The Laws of the United States, 5 vols., 1815.
Member American Philosophical Society.
Married Catherine Eliza Murray, August 29, 1809, 10 children.