Marcy, William L. (William Learned), 1786-1857

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Birth 1786-12-12
Death 1857-07-04

Biographical notes:

New York attorney and statesman; served as United States Secretary of State under President Pierce.

From the description of William Learned Marcy letter, 1857 Mar. 15. (Louisiana State University). WorldCat record id: 255631874

Senator, Governor of New York, 1833-39.

From the description of Letter 1834 March 19. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122617820

Secretary of War under Polk. Secretary of State under Pierce.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Albany, to His Excellency J.S. Morehead, Governor of Kentucky, 1835 July 29. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270605449

From the description of Autograph letter signed : to J. Goles, Esq., 1832 Geb. 2. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270607686

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Washington, to J.H. Payne, Esq., 1847 Sept. 26. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270607835

Lawyer, U.S. Senator, governor of New York, U.S. Secretary of State; from Troy, N.Y.

From the description of Papers, 1845-1855. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 19902904

Lawyer and statesman, governor of New York State.

From the description of Letter, 1853 November 24. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122434200

Marcy practiced law in Troy, New York (1811-1823); was a member of the dominant political group known as the Albany Regency; State Comptroller (1823-1829); associate justice of the New York Supreme Court (1829-1831); U.S. senator (1831-1832); Governor of New York (1833-1849); U.S. secretary of war (1845-1849); U.S. secretary of state (1853-1857). Causten was a merchant and writer.

From the description of Letter to James H. Causten, 5 February 1842. (Harvard Law School Library). WorldCat record id: 237334874

Lawyer and politician. Marcy was born in Sturbridge, Mass. and was educated at Brown University. He was admitted to the New York State bar in 1811 and practiced law at Troy, N.Y. He wrote for the local paper and entered the service of the state militia, eventually being appointed adjutant general of the state in 1821. He became involved in New York state politics and served as State Comptroller from 1823 to 1829. In 1831 he was appointed to fill an unexpired term in the U.S. Senate. In 1833 Marcy was elected Governor of New York, serving until 1838. He became involved in national politics, serving as Secretary of War under Polk and in 1852 he was appointed Secretary of State under Pierce. Marcy is credited with an excellent record in United States foreign relations. Shortly after his tenure as Secretary of State ended, Marcy died at Ballston, N.Y.

From the description of Papers, 1820-1863. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122536912

U.S. secretary of war and secretary of state, governor of New York, and lawyer.

From the description of William L. Marcy papers, 1806-1930 (bulk 1806-1857). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70981176

Secretary of War for the United States in 1848. Also governor of New York and Secretary of State of the United States.

From the description of Letter, February 4, 1848. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 52707964

Brigham Young (1801-1877) was a Mormon ecclesiastical leader and politician in Utah.

Brigham Young was born on June 1, 1801 in Witingham, Vermont. He joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1832, and moved to Kirtland, Ohio. He followed the migration of the church from Ohio to Missouri to Nauvoo, Illinois. In February 1846 he led the Mormon exodus to the West, and was sustained as the second president of the Church on December 27, 1847. Arriving in Utah he settled in Salt Lake City, and in 1849 was appointed as governor of Utah Territory. Young passed away on August 29, 1877 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

William L. Marcy (1786-1857) was an American politician, lawyer, and judge. He served as the governor of New York from 1833 to 1839, as the United States Secretary of War from 1845 to 1849, and as Secretary of State from 1853 to 1857.

From the guide to the Brigham Young letter to William L. Marcy, 1845, (L. Tom Perry Special Collections)

William Learned Marcy (1786-1857) was an American politician and public figure who served as U.S. Secretary of War under President James K. Polk and U.S. Secretary of State under President Franklin Pierce.

  • 1786: Born in Sturbridge (presently Southbridge), MA
  • 1808: Graduated from Brown University in Providence, RI
  • 1811: Admitted to the bar; Began practice in Troy, NY
  • 1812: Married Dolly Newell
  • 1823 - 1829 : New York State Comptroller
  • 1829 - 1831 : Associate Justice of the New York State Supreme Court
  • 1831 - 1833 : U.S. Senator
  • 1833 - 1839 : New York State Governor
  • 1839 - 1842 : Member of the Mexican Claims Commission
  • 1845 - 1849 : U.S. Secretary of War
  • 1853 - 1857 : U.S. Secretary of State
  • 1857: Died in Ballston Spa, NY

From the guide to the William L. Marcy Collection, 1821-1857, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)


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