McLean, John

Life Span
Dickinson Connection
Trustee, 1833-1855
Full name
John McLean
Place of Birth
Birth Date Certainty
Death Date Certainty
Sectional choice
Free State
No. of Spouses
No. of Children
Rebecca Edwards (first wife), Sarah Bella G. Garrard (second wife)
Attorney or Judge
Church or Religious Denomination
Political Parties
Supreme Court
US House of Representatives
State supreme court
Local government

John McLean (Congressional Biographical Directory)

McLEAN, John,  (brother of William McLean), a Representative from Ohio; born in Morris County, N.J., March 11, 1785; moved with his parents to Morgantown, Va., in 1789, to Nicholasville, Ky., in 1790, to Maysville, Ky., in 1793, and to Lebanon, Ohio, in 1797; attended the common schools and studied under private tutors; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1807 and commenced practice in Lebanon, Ohio; founded the Western Star, a weekly newspaper; elected as a Republican to the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Congresses and served from March 4, 1813, until his resignation in 1816; chairman, Committee on Accounts (Fourteenth Congress); associate judge of the State supreme court 1816-1822; appointed by President Monroe as Commissioner of the United States General Land Office in 1822; appointed Postmaster General in the administration of President Monroe; reappointed by President John Quincy Adams and served from December 9, 1823, until March 7, 1829, when he resigned; declined Cabinet portfolios as Secretary of War and Secretary of the Navy in the administration of President Jackson; engaged in literary pursuits; Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from March 7, 1829, until his death in Cincinnati, Ohio, April 4, 1861; interment in Spring Grove Cemetery.
"McLean, John," Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774 to Present,
Chicago Style Entry Link
Howard, Benjamin Chew. Report of the Decision of the Supreme Court of the United States, and the Opinions of the Judges thereof, in the Case of Dred Scott versus John F. A. Sanford. Washington, DC: Cornelius Wendell, 1857. view record
Morel, Lucas E. "The Dred Scott Dissents: Mclean, Curtis, Lincoln, and the Public Mind." Journal of Supreme Court History 32, no. 2 (2007): 133-151. view record
How to Cite This Page: "McLean, John," House Divided: The Civil War Research Engine at Dickinson College,