William Wilkins (1779-1865)

William Wilkins was a judge, U.S. representative and senator, minister to Russia, and secretary of war under John Tyler. In 1831 he was elected as a Jacksonian to the Senate (1831-34). Wilkins was appointed U.S. minister to Russia (1834-35), but he was unsuccessful in negotiating treaties. President John Tyler named him secretary of war (1844-45). Wilkins's main interest was in territorial expansion and in annexing Texas.

Date:
1865 circa 5 years
Original Format:
Glass Negative Print
Item#:
MES21332
Photographer:
Mathew Brady
Height:
1507px
Width:
1201px
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