Pinkney, William, 1764-1822

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Birth 1764-03-17
Death 1822-02-25
English, Italian

Biographical notes:

William Pinkney was born on March 17, 1764, in Annapolis, Maryland. Originally interested in pursuing medicine, Pinkey ultimately chose law as his desired profession and passed the Maryland bar in 1986. After practicing law in Maryland, Pinkney was sent to London by George Washington to serve as an American commissioner. After spending eight years in England, Pinkney returned to the United States and became Attorney General in 1811. In 1816 he left the country again to serve as an American minister in Russia. Pinkney is most famous for his involvement in McCulloch v. Maryland and Cohens v. Virginia, two significant Supreme Court cases. Pinkey passed away unexpectedly on February 16, 1822, in Washington, D.C.

From the guide to the Pinkney Papers, 1804-1911, (Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections)

Army officer, lawyer, state public official, U.S. representative and senator from Maryland, diplomat, and U.S. attorney general.

From the description of Letters of William Pinkney, 1813-1820. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79450071

Pinkney was a Constitutional Jurist who served as Thomas Jefferson's Attorney General.

From the description of Legal brief : manuscript, [177-?]. (Peking University Library). WorldCat record id: 54748055


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