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John McLEAN

(1791-1830)
Senate Years of Service:
1824-1825; 1829-1830
Party:
Crawford Republican; Jacksonian

McLEAN, John, (brother of Finis Ewing McLean and uncle of James David Walker), a Representative and a Senator from Illinois; born near Guilford Court House (now Greensboro), Guilford County, N.C., February 4, 1791; moved with his parents to Logan County, Ky., in 1795; pursued an academic course; moved to Illinois Territory in 1815; studied law; admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Shawneetown, Gallatin County, Ill.; upon the admission of Illinois as a State into the Union was elected to the Fifteenth Congress and served from December 3, 1818, to March 3, 1819; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1818 to the Sixteenth Congress and for election in 1820 and 1822 to the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Congresses, respectively; member, State house of representatives 1820, 1826, 1828, and served as speaker; elected to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Ninian Edwards and served from November 23, 1824, to March 3, 1825; was not a candidate for reelection; resumed the practice of law; again elected to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1829, until his death in Shawneetown, Ill., October 14, 1830; interment in Westwood Cemetery, near Shawneetown, Ill.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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