Berrien, John Macpherson

Berrien, John Macpherson

Male 1781 - 1856  (74 years)

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  • Name Berrien, John Macpherson  [1, 2
    Born 23 Aug 1781  New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Died 1 Jan 1856  Savannah, Chatham, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I55001  Sackett
    Last Modified 12 Aug 2019 

    Children 
    +1. Berien, Elizabeth,   d. Unknown
    Last Modified 12 Aug 2019 
    Family ID F21052  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 23 Aug 1781 - New Jersey, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1 Jan 1856 - Savannah, Chatham, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
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    John Macpherson Berrien (1781-1856)
    John Macpherson Berrien (1781-1856)
    Artist: John Maier (1819-1877). The portrait of Berrien was painted in 1870. Berrien was the Tenth Attorney General of the United States, serving 1829-1831.

  • Sources 
    1. [S2196] Historical genealogy of the Lawrence family : from their first landing in this country, 1635 to the present date, July 4th, 1858, Thomas Lawrence, (E. O. Jenkins), 93-94 (Reliability: 2), 11 Aug 2019.
      4 Thomas Lawrence, the sixth son of the said John
      Lawrence and Patience Sacket, was born in 1743, and died in his 84th year, in 1816. About the age of twenty-five he was appointed to the command of the ship Tartan, of eighteen guns, and made several cruises in her from New York during the old French war. His wife was Elizabeth, daughter of Nathaniel Fish, Esq,, of Newtown. Possessed of wealth, he settled on a farm on the shore of Flushing Bay. He was appointed, in 1784, one of the Judges of Queens County, and was distinguished for great decision of character, and by all the punctilious observances which characterize the elves of the old school. He had a numerous family, most of whom he survived. His son,

      5 Nathaniel, born 1761, entered the North Carolina line of the regular American army as a lieutenant, after he had left Princeton College, and while under age. He was made prisoner by the enemy after behaving with great gallantry. In 1788 he was chosen from Queens County to the Convention which ratified the Constitution of the United States. He also held the office of Attorney General of this State from December 24, 1792, to November 30, 1795, and represented Queens County in Assembly in 1791-2-5 and 6, in which latter year he died, at the age of thirty-five. His wife was Elizabeth, daughter of Judge Berrien, late Attorney General of the United States. His only child,

      6 Margaret, is the wife of Philip P. Lindsley, President of Nashville University.

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      Researched by Ted Smith

    2. [S2197] U.S. Department of Justice, (U.S. Department of Justice) (Reliability: 3), 11 Aug 2019.
      Attorney General: John Macpherson Berrien
      https://www.justice.gov/ag/bio/berrien-john-macpherson

      John Macpherson Berrien

      Tenth Attorney General 1829-1831

      John Macpherson Berrien was born near Princeton, New Jersey, on August 23, 1781. He graduated from Princeton University in 1796, was admitted to the Georgia bar at eighteen and began to practice law. Berrien served as judge of the Eastern District of Georgia from 1810 until 1821. He was captain of the Georgia Hussars, a volunteer company in the War of 1812.

      In 1822 and 1823, he was a State senator, and from 1824 to 1829 a United States Senator. President Jackson appointed him United States Attorney General in 1829. He served until 1831. He was reelected to the United States Senate in 1841, serving until 1852. He also served on the Smithsonian Board of Regents. He died in Savannah, Georgia, on January 1, 1856.
      About the Artist: John Maier (1819-1877)

      John Maier was born in Germany and immigrated to the United States in 1840. Settling in Atlanta, Georgia in 1850, Maier became noted as the first professional portraitist in Atlanta. He painted Alexander H. Stephens, the vice president of the Confederacy. This portrait hangs today in the Governor's mansion in Atlanta. The portrait of Berrien was painted in 1870.

      Researched by Ted Smith


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