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.

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External Research Collections

Boston Public Library

Boston, MA
Papers: 6 letters.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: 1817-1861. 25 containers. Correspondence, legal briefs and papers, financial data, printed matter, relating to politics, contemporary issues and his service as Postmaster General and on the Supreme Court. Register. Also on microfilm (18 reels); legal file and miscellaneous printed matter not included.
Papers: 1823. 2 letters.

Ohio Historical Society

Columbus, OH
Papers: 1846-1859. 1/4 foot and 18 reels of microfilm. Papers as Supreme Court Justice. Microfilm of originals in Library of Congress. Inventory in repository.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

McLean, John. Address Delivered on the Consecration of the Spring Grove Cemetery. Cincinnati: Printed at the Daily Atlas Office, 1845.

------. An Eulogy on the Character and Public Services of James Monroe, late President of the United States: Delivered in Cincinnati, August 27, 1831, in Compliance with an Invitation from the Citizens. [Cincinnati]: Looker and Reynolds, printers, 1831.

------. Letters of John McLean to John Teesdale. [Oberlin, Ohio: Bibliotheca Sacra, 1899].

Miles, Wyndham D. "Erroneous Portrait of John Maclean." Isis 41(1) (1950): 49-50.

Sprague, William Buell. A Discourse Delivered Sunday Morning, April 7, 1861, in the Second Presbyterian Church, Albany, in Commemoration of the late Hon. John McLean, LL.D., One of the Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States. Albany: Printed by C. Van Benthuysen, 1861.

Weisenburger, Francis Phelps. The Life of John McLean. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1937. Reprint, New York: Da Capo Press, 1971.

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