Richard Rush

Republican Diplomat, 1780-1859

Author: J. H. Powell

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 296

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This volume deals with a man whose life was intimately connected with a most significant formative period in American civilization. Son of the celebrated Dr. Benjamin Rush, Richard Rush was not such a dynamic personality, but in his earnest, gracious way he left almost as deep an imprint on many phases of national life. Educated as a lawyer, his first public: post was Attorney-General of Pennsylvania. This was followed in 1811 by appointment as Comptroller of the United States Treasury, and in 1814 as Attorney-General of the United States. He was Secretary of State in 1817, consummating the Rush-Bagot Convention de­militarizing the boundary between America and Canada. For eight years, 1817-1825, he was Minister to England, negotiating the Commercial Convention of 1818, conducting the initial conversations which led to the Monroe Doctrine, and working tirelessly for Anglo-American accord. He returned to the United States in 1825 to be Adams' Secretary of the Treasury and unsuccessful candidate for Vice-President in 1828. He was a leading advocate of internal improvements and prominent as an Anti-Mason, but split with his party over the Bank issue. In 1836 Jackson sent him to England to secure the estate of James Smithson, from which grew the Smithsonian Institution. His last office was that of Minister to France in 1847, completing a career of exceptional variety and service, which is described in this biography for the first time. In addition to his official activities, Rush was a prolific writer, chiefly of political pamphlets, but he also edited the first authentic collection of the federal statues and published the two volumes of "Memoranda" of his diplomatic missions. His life necessarily touched many of the great men of his day, and throughout this record of Richard Rush the background and personalities of an important historical period are clearly traced for the reader.

Letter and Accompanying Documents from the Hon. Richard Rush to Joseph Gales, Esq., Mayor of the City of Washington

Respecting the Loan of a Million and a Half Dollars, Negotiated by the Former, in Europe, for the Said City and the Towns of Georgetown and Alexandria, Under the Authority of an Act of Congress of the United States, Passed on the 24th of May, 1828 ...

Author: Richard Rush



Category: Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (Md. and Washington, D.C.)

Page: 184

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Fur Seal Arbitration

Author: Bering Sea Tribunal of Arbitration



Category: Bering Sea controversy

Page: 1008

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Letters of Benjamin Rush

Volume I: 1761-1792

Author: Lyman Henry Butterfield

Publisher: Princeton University Press


Category: History

Page: 728

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Volume 1 of 2. Full of flavor and zest, this collection of over 650 letters, two-thirds of them never printed before, is a companion piece to Rush's Autobiography. Written between 1761 and 1813, the letters trace Rush's career, from student in Scotland and England to signer of the Declaration of Independence and Philadelphia's leading physician. He writes to John Adams, Franklin, Jefferson, WItherspoon, and a host of others. Two fascinating series of letters chronicle the failures of the hospital service in the Revolutionary War and teh Philadelphia yellow-fever epidemic of 1793. Rush the private individual is revealed in the letters to his wife. Published for the American Philosophical Society. Lyman Butterfield is associate editor of The Papers of Thomas Jefferson Originally published in 1951. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Bibliotheca Americana

A Dictionary of Books Relating to America, from Its Discovery to the Present Time

Author: Joseph Sabin



Category: America

Page: 596

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Author: James Madison



Category: United States

Page: 744

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