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Wilkins, William

William Wilkins, detail

Dickinson class of 1802, Wilkins became a wealthy lawyer and banker in Pittsburgh. By 1834, he was a Pennsylvania senator prominent enough to be considered for vice-president. As Tyler's Secretary of War in 1844, he strenuously advocated western expansion. In retirement, he was a vocal advocate of the Union and in the war was an octogenarian major-general in the Pennsylvania Home Guard.

Life span: 
12/20/1779 to 06/23/1865
Dickinson Connection: 
Class of 1802

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