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William J. Duane

AKA William John Duane

Born: 9-May-1780
Birthplace: Clonmel, County Tipperary, Ireland
Died: 27-Sep-1865
Location of death: Philadelphia, PA
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Attorney

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: US Secretary of the Treasury, 1833

Noted attorney, among his clients was Stephen Girard, for whom he drafted a Last Will and Testament of unprecedented complexity for the time. Duane was chosen by Andrew Jackson in the hope that he would withdraw government monies from the Second Bank of the United States. Although fundamentally opposed to the bank, Duane felt that such a withdrawal would bring chaos to the already tenuous financial situation. Jackson fired him after just over three months in office.

Father: William Duane
Mother: Catharine Corcoran
Wife: Deborah Bache
Son: William Duane (author, b. 7-Feb-1808)

    US Secretary of the Treasury (1833)
    Pennsylvania State House of Representatives (1809)
    The Aurora Asst. Editor (1795-1822)
    Pennsylvania Bar Association 1815

Author of books:
The Law of Nations Investigated (1809)
Letters on Internal Improvements (1811)
Narrative and Correspondence Concerning the Removal of the Deposits (1838)

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