Gilpin, Henry D. (Henry Dilworth), 1801-1860

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Birth 1801-04-14
Death 1860-01-29
English

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President of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

From the description of Henry Gilpin papers, 1853-1854. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 81461324

Henry Dilworth Gilpin was born and raised in England, emigrated to the United States to attend the University of Pennsylvania, and proceeded to practice law, author numerous publications, and serve as editor for the Atlantic souvenir. He went on to become director of the Bank of the United States, and ultimately Attorney General under President Martin van Buren. A patron of the arts, Gilpin later served as president of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, as well as similar posts.

From the description of Henry D. Gilpin letter to Charles W. Thomson, 1829 Apr. 25. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 52863618

Born in Lancaster, England, Apr. 14,1801; attended school in England 1811-1816; graduate of University of Pennsylvania,1810; studied law and began practice in Philadelphia, 1822; was U.S. attorney for Pennsylvania,1832; solicitor of U.S. treasury, 1837; attorney-general of U.S.,1840-41; edited "Atlantic Souvenir", 7 volumes and a number of juristic papers; died in Philadelphia, Jan. 29, 1860. (from Appleton, with portrait)

From the description of Henry D. Gilpin correspondence, 1835 August 30 (Detroit Public Library). WorldCat record id: 429518273

Henry Dilworth Gilpin (1801-1860) was born to the expatriate Philadelphian Joshua Gilpin in Lancaster, England, in 1801, and spent most of his youth there. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1819, he studied law under Joseph R. Ingersoll and was admitted to the Pennsylvania bar in 1822. Gilpin rapidly gained a reputation in legal circles, earning appointment as U.S. Attorney for Pennsylvania in 1832, solicitor of the U.S. Treasury in 1837, and Attorney General of the United States in 1840-1841. He was also a strong supporter of the arts, editing America's first literary annual, the Atlantic Souvenir in 1826-1832. He was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 1832.

From the guide to the Henry Dilworth Gilpin Notebook: Natural Philosophy, Mathematics, ca. 1819, (American Philosophical Society)

Henry D. Gilpin was a lawyer, author, and editor.

From the description of Natural philosophy, [n.d.]. (American Philosophical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 86138577

American lawyer.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Philadelphia, to Wm. Carey Gines, 1857 Jan. 2. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269579220

From the description of Autograph letter signed : to C.K. Biddle, 1857 July 1. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269584407

Jared Sparks was a clergyman, editor, historian, and president of Harvard College; he became an American Philosophical Society member in 1837.

From the guide to the Jared Sparks selected papers, 1819-1863 Franklin Bache S. D. Bradford William Duane Peter S. Du Ponceau J. Francis Fisher George Gibbs Henry D. Gilpin Edward D. Ingraham James Mease William B. Reed Henry Stevens, Sr. Henry Stevens, Jr. Benjamin Vaughan Petty Vaughan William Vaughan There are also extracts from Sparks's journal, 1831-1841, relating to his Franklin researches. Table of contents (11 pp.). (Film 570), 1819-1863, (American Philosophical Society)

U.S. attorney general.

From the description of Letters of Henry D. Gilpin, 1837-1858. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79450483

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