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—06/23/1865
Dickinson Connection:
Class of 1802

Life Summary

Full name
  William Wilkins
Place of Birth
Burial Place
Birth Date Certainty
  Exact
Death Date Certainty
  Exact
Gender
  Male
Race
  White
Sectional choice
  North
Origins
  Free State
No. of Spouses
  2
Family
 
Catherine Holmes (first wife), Matilda Dallas (second wife)
Education
  Dickinson (Carlisle College)
Occupation
  Politician
  Attorney or Judge
  Businessman
Relation to Slavery
  White non-slaveholder
Political Parties
  Democratic
Other Political Party
  Jacksonian
Government
  Harrison/Tyler Administration (1841-45)
  US Senate
  US House of Representatives
  State legislature
  State judge
  Other state government
Military
  Union Army

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