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Henry D. Gilpin

Born: Apr 14, 1801

Death: Jan 29, 1860

Birthplace: Lancaster

Nationality: United States

Henry D. Gilpin

Date of Birth : Apr 14, 1801
Date of Death : Jan 29, 1860
Birth Place : Lancaster

Henry Dilworth Gilpin was an American lawyer and statesman of Quaker extraction who served as Attorney General of the United States under President Martin Van Buren. He was the son of Joshua Gilpin and Mary Dilworth, and was born in Lancaster, England, just before his parents returned to America. His father had been on extended tour of Britain and Europe, lasting from 1795 to 1801, during which he obtained information about the new manufacturing methods used in paper-making for his family paper mills on Brandywine Creek in Delaware. His mother was from the Quaker Dilworths of Lancaster, England. The family returned to England for another tour in 1812, and returned to the United States in about 1816, during which time Henry attended school near London. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, he studied law with Joseph R. Ingersoll and was admitted to the bar in 1822. He served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania from 1831 to 1837, and then as Solicitor of the United States Treasury in 1837. During this time he joined the American Philosophical Society and from 1833 to 1835 he was on the board of the Bank of the United States.

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