Library of Congress
DALLAS, George Mifflin (1792-1864)

DALLAS, GEORGE MIFFLIN, (great-great-granduncle of Claiborne Pell), a Senator from Pennsylvania and a vice president of the United States; born in Philadelphia, Pa., July 10, 1792; graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1810; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1813; private secretary to Albert Gallatin, Minister to Russia; returned in 1814 and commenced the practice of law in New York City; solicitor of the United States Bank 1815-1817; returned to Philadelphia and was appointed deputy attorney general in 1817; mayor of Philadelphia October 21, 1828-April 15, 1829; United States district attorney for the eastern district of Pennsylvania 1829-1831; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Isaac D. Barnard and served from December 13, 1831, to March 3, 1833; declined to be a candidate for reelection in 1832; chairman, Committee on Naval Affairs (Twenty-second Congress); resumed the practice of law; attorney general of Pennsylvania 1833-1835; appointed by President Martin Van Buren as Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Russia 1837-1839, when he was recalled at his own request; elected Vice President of the United States on the Democratic ticket in 1844 with James K. Polk and served from March 4, 1845, to March 3, 1849; appointed Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Great Britain by President Franklin Pierce 1856-1861; returned to Philadelphia, and died there December 31, 1864; interment in St. Peter's Churchyard.

American Philosophical Society
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: Correspondence in William J. Duane papers, [ca.1760]-[ca.1860]; John Kintzing Kane papers, [ca. 1800]-1892; and Joseph Carson papers, 1810-1877.

Dickinson College Library
Carlisle, PA
Papers: 1847. 1 letter.

Henry E. Huntington Library
San Marino, CA
Papers: 1847-1859. 45 items. Diplomatic letters addressed to Dallas from the Earl of Clarendon, Lewis Cass, William L. Marcy, and others, largely concerning the Dallas-Clarendon Treaty and Nicaragua.

Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 1791-1880. 1,400 items. Correspondence of Alexander James Dallas and George Mifflin Dallas; letters received by George, 1813-1864; George's manuscript biography of his father, Alexander; a diary, 1848-1849 (photostat) of last months of Polk administration, including an account of Senate politics; and a portrait.
Papers: 1819-1852 (bulk 1819-1831 and 1852). 82 items. Letters written to Samuel D. Ingham chiefly concern financial difficulties, patronage, and running commentary, some in code, on political affairs and personalities in Pennsylvania and the nation. Also a poem, "Twelfth Night Ball'' (1813); and a 2 volume History of the Dallas family, 1262-1894, by Alexander J. Dallas.
Additional Papers: Correspondence (1830-1835) in George Wolf papers, 1826-1836; Gilpin family papers, 1727-1872; Lewis S. Coryell papers, 1806-1867; James Buchanan papers, 1775-1868; Arthur C. Bining collection, 1787-1908, 1957; and Biddle family papers, 1688-1883.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: 3 letters (1833, 1855, 1856); and correspondence in William Chauncy Langdon papers, 1600-1903.

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
Harrisburg, PA
Papers: 1817, 1826, 1829-1834, 1843, 1857, 1863. 47 items. Political correspondence and patronage recommendations. Finding aid.

Pierpont Morgan Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1826-1853. 6 items.

Princeton University
Seeley G. Mudd Library
Princeton, NJ
Papers: 12 letters and 2 portraits.

Rosenbach Museum and Library
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 2 resolutions [1845 March and later] presented to Dallas by groups of Philadelphia Democrats; 17 items (1819-1862) chiefly letters received; and 14 items (1822-1865) chiefly letters and certificates from learned societies. Finding aid.

Southern Methodist University
DeGolyer Library
Dallas, TX
Papers: 1848-1849. 1 volume. Diary.

Temple University Libraries
Rare Book and Manuscript Collections
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: Ca. 100 to 200 letters (1821-1863) to and from family members concerning political affairs and issues surrounding the Mexican War in Dallas family papers, 1794-1865.

University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 2 diaries (1837-1839 and 1856-1860) while minister to Russia and minister to England; 2 letters (1839-1845, no date); 2 letters (June 8, 1839 and November 17, 1844); and 2 speeches (1845 and no date) upon becoming presiding officer of the Senate and to the Senate.

Washington and Jefferson College
Washington, PA
Papers: Speech and letter.
Research Libraries Information Network In addition to the institutions listed above, items are also cataloged in collections at: Cornell University Libraries, Ithaca, NY; Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH; Hagley Museum and Library, Greenville, DE; New York State Library, Albany, NY; Syracuse University, George Arents Research Library, Syracuse, NY; University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library, Ann Arbor, MI; and Yale University Library, New Haven, CT.

  • Ambacher, Bruce Irwin. "George M. Dallas and the Bank War.'' Pennsylvania History 42 (April 1975): 117-35.
  • ___. "George M. Dallas: Leader of the `Family' Party.'' Ph.D. dissertation, Temple University, 1971.
  • Belohlavek, John M. "Dallas, The Democracy, and the Bank War of 1832.'' Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 96 (July 1972): 377-90.
  • ___. George Mifflin Dallas: Jacksonian Patrician. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1977.
  • Burt, Struthers. "George Mifflin Dallas [1792-1864]: The Other Vice-President from Princeton.'' In The Lives of Eighteen from Princeton, edited by Willard Thorp, pp. 178-91. 1946. Reprint. Freeport, NY: Books for Libraries Press, 1968.
  • Dallas, George Mifflin, ed. Life and Writings of Alexander James Dallas. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Co., 1871.
  • Dallas, Julia, ed. A Series of Letters from London Written During the Years 1856, '57, '58, '59, and '60. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Co., 1869.
  • Dallas, Susan, ed. Diary of George Mifflin Dallas, United States Minister to Russia, 1837-1839. 1892. Reprint. New York: Arno Press, 1970.
  • Nichols, Roy F. "The Library: The Mystery of the Dallas Papers.'' Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 73 (July 1949): 349-92; (October 1949): 475-517.
  • ___. "The Missing Diaries of George Mifflin Dallas.'' Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 75 (July 1951): 295-338.