Southard, Samuel L. (Samuel Lewis), 1787-1842

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Birth 1787-06-09
Death 1842-06-26

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U.S. secretary of the navy and U.S. senator from and governor of New Jersey.

From the description of Papers of Samuel L. Southard, 1809-1842. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 77961420

Secretary of the navy.

From the description of Letter : from several correspondents, 1825 Jan. 17. (Bryn Mawr College). WorldCat record id: 28996223

Samuel L. Southard (1787-1842) was a prominent U.S. statesman of the early 19th century. He served as a New Jersey Senator from 1821 to 1823, during which time he was a member of the committee that produced the Missouri Compromise. In 1823 President James Monroe selected him to be Secretary of the Navy, and he remained in office under President John Quincy Adams. Under Southard's leadership, the Navy grew by approximately 50% in personnel and expenditures. He became the New Jersey Attorney General in 1829, and briefly served as Governor from 1832 to 1833. Southard became the leader of the Whig Party and became acting Vice President from April 4, 1841 to May 31, 1842 after the death of William Henry Harrison.

From the description of Samuel L. Southard papers, 1791-1853. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 233035549

Southard was a jurist, statesman: associate justice, New Jersey Supreme Court, 1815-20; senator from N.J., 1821-23 and 1833-42; Secretary of the Navy, 1823-29; governor of N.J., 1832-33.

From the description of Samuel L. Southard Papers, 1783-1893 (bulk 1802-1846). (Princeton University Library). WorldCat record id: 175684125

American senator.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Washington, to the President of the United States (James Monroe), 1824 Jul. 23. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270664063

From the description of Autograph letter signed : to Mr. Dickens, 1825 Aug. 10. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270663919


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