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APPLETON, John, a Representative from Maine; born in Beverly, Mass., February 11, 1815; was graduated from Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, in 1834; studied law at the Cambridge Law School; was admitted to the Cumberland bar in 1837 and commenced practice in Portland, Maine; engaged in editorial work on the Eastern Argus and became editor in 1838; register of probate for Cumberland County, Maine, 1840 and 1842-1844; chief clerk of the Navy Department 1845-1848 and of the Department of State from January 26 to April 25, 1848; Minister to Bolivia from March 30, 1848, to May 4, 1849; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-second Congress (March 4, 1851-March 3, 1853); was not a candidate for reelection in 1852; resumed the practice of law; secretary of the legation in London from February 19 to November 16, 1855; Assistant Secretary of State from April 4, 1857, to June 8, 1860; Minister to Russia from June 1860 to June 7, 1861, when he resigned; died in Portland, Maine, August 22, 1864; interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library

New York, NY
Papers: 4 letters (1858) in the Foresti collection. Official correspondence. Finding aid in repository.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Appleton, John. North for Union: John Appleton's Journal of a Tour to New England Made by President Polk in June and July 1847. Edited by Wayne Cutler. Nashville, Tenn.: Vanderbilt University Press, 1986.

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