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William Learned Marcy


Born in Sturbridge, now Southbridge, Massachusetts. Graduate of Brown University in 1808. Taught school in Newport, Rhode Island. Admitted to the bar in 1811. Married Dolly Newell September 27, 1812. Married Cornelia Knower in 1825. He had six children. Served during the War of 1812.

Controller for the state of New York 1823 to 1829. Associate Justice of New York Supreme Court 1829 to 1831. Elected Senator March 4, 1831, to December 31, 1832. Elected Governor of New York serving January 1, 1833, to 1839. Appointed Secretary of War 1845 to 1849. Appointed Secretary of State under President Pierce serving 1853 to 1857. Died at Ballston Spa, New York.

Marcy appears on paper money:

$1000 Silver Certificate, series of 1878, 1880 and 1891

bio: ApCAB; BDC; BDEB; DAB; Drake; EAB; Limpert; NCAB 6; TCBDA; WAB; WWWA-H

Source credit: Pete Smith, American Numismatic Biographies


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