Pinkney, William, 1764-1822

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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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creatorOf Pinkney, William, 1764-1822. Autograph letters signed (10) : Washington and [n.p.], to Henry Wheaton (7), Levett Harris (2) and James Monroe, 1815 Mar. 24-1821 Jan. 21 and [n.d.]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Sir George Cockburn Papers, 1788-1847, (bulk 1800-1820) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn American Philosophical Society Library. Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection. 1668-1983. American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Pinkney, Edward Coote, 1802-1828. Papers of Edward Coote Pinkney [manuscript], 1821-1826, 1923-1926. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Dexter family. Papers, 1820-1901. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Samuel Smith family papers, 1772-1911, (bulk 1777-1865) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Isaac Chauncey papers, Chauncey, Isaac papers, 1801-1818 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn General Records of the Department of Justice. 1790 - 2002. Photographs of Attorneys General National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Delaplaine, Joseph, 1777-1824. Correspondence, 1813-1824. Harold B. Lee Library
referencedIn Monroe, James, 1758-1831. James Monroe papers, 1758-1839. Library of Congress
creatorOf Dearborn, Henry, 1751-1829. Papers, 1779-1838, bulk: 1779-1817. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Pinkney, William, 1764-1822. Letters of William Pinkney, 1813-1820. Library of Congress
referencedIn Webster, Daniel, 1782-1852. Letter, 1822 March 2, Washington, to Thomas Gibbons, Elizabeth Town, N.J. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Pinkney, William, 1764-1822. Legal notes and drafts : [n.p., n.d.]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Harper, Robert Goodloe, 1765-1825. Letter : Baltimore, to Harrison Gray Otis, 1800 Aug 28. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Gilmer, Francis Walker, 1790-1826. Letters : to John Randolph, 1818-1827. Library of Virginia
creatorOf Pinkney, William, 1764-1822. Legal brief : manuscript, [177-?]. Princeton University Library
referencedIn Harper, Robert Goodloe, 1765-1825. Letter : Baltimore, to Harrison Gray Otis, 1800 Aug 28. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Pinkney, William, 1764-1822. Correspondence with the Marquis de Cercillio [sic] during the Neapolitan mission : manuscript, 1816. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Pinkney family. Papers, 1804-1906. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Gilmer, Francis Walker,. Letters : to Dabney Carr, 1818-1824. Library of Virginia
referencedIn Smith, Samuel, 1752-1839. Samuel Smith family papers, 1772-1911 (bulk 1777-1865). Library of Congress
creatorOf Pickering, Timothy, 1745-1829,. Papers of George Green Shackelford [manuscript] 1696-1803. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf United States. President (1809-1817 : Madison). Patent, 1812 October 20, Washington, D.C., issued to Thomas Green Fessenden. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn James Monroe Papers, 1758-1839 Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Church, Angelica Schuyler, 1756-1815. Correspondence of Angelica Schuyler Church and other family members [manuscript], 1716-1865. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Pinkney, William, 1764-1822. Letter, 1807. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Hopkinson, Joseph, 1770-1842. Letter, 1818 Nov. 17, to Daniel Webster. New Hampshire Newsp Project
referencedIn Letterbook of letters to members of the Maury family from many noted people [manuscript] 1745-1869. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Gilmer, Francis Walker, 1790-1826. Letters : to William Wirt, 1812-1825. Library of Virginia
referencedIn Frederick M. Dearborn collection of military and political Americana, Part I: The Revolution and the Administration, 1669-1958. Houghton Library
referencedIn Cockburn, George, Sir, 1772-1853. Sir George Cockburn papers, 1788-1847 (bulk 1800-1820). Library of Congress
creatorOf Pinkney, William, 1764-1822. Pinkney papers, 1804-1911. Princeton University Library
referencedIn Washington Irving collection, 1683-1839, (bulk 1753-1839) Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
referencedIn War of 1812 mss., 1776-1879 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
creatorOf Pinkney Papers, 1804-1911 Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special CollectionsManuscripts Division
referencedIn Fuller, B. A. G. B. A. G. Fuller autograph collection. 1620-1920. Houghton Library
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Birth 1764-03-17

Death 1822-02-25





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