United States Senator from Delaware
United States Secretary of State
(1796-1856) Born in Dagsboro, Delaware, he graduated from Yale College in 1815, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1819, and commenced practice in Dover. He was a member of the Delaware State House of Representatives, in 1824; Secretary of State of Delaware, 1826-28; U.S. Senator, 1829-36, 1845-49, and 1853-56. He served as chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary. He was the Chief Justice of Delaware, 1837-39. Served as U.S. Secretary of State in the Cabinet of President Zachary Taylor, 1849-50.
Signature with State: 4 7/8 x 3/4, in ink, Jno. M. Clayton, of Del.