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Samuel McROBERTS

(1799-1843)
Senate Years of Service:
1841-1843
Party:
Democrat

McROBERTS, Samuel, a Senator from Illinois; born near Maystown, Monroe County, Ill. (then a portion of the Northwest Territory), April 12, 1799; educated by private tutors; graduated from the law department of Transylvania University, Lexington, Ky.; admitted to the bar in 1821 and commenced practice in Monroe County, Ill.; clerk of the circuit court of Monroe County 1819-1821; State circuit judge 1824-1827; member, State senate 1828-1830; appointed United States district attorney by President Andrew Jackson in 1830 and served until 1832, when he resigned; appointed by President Martin Van Buren receiver of the land office at Danville in 1832; appointed Solicitor of the General Land Office at Washington in 1839 and served in that capacity until his resignation in 1841; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1841, until his death; chairman, Committee on Engrossed Bills (Twenty-seventh Congress); died in Cincinnati, Ohio, March 27, 1843; interment in the Moore Cemetery, Waterloo, Monroe County, Ill.

Bibliography

Santangelo, Orazio D. Santangelo’s Trial for Libel Against Samuel McRoberts, a Senator of the United States, from Illinois. Before the Court of General Sessions, in the City of New York. New York: n.p., 1842.

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

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