Wednesday, May 23, 2007

George M. Dallas



No, that's not Marlon Brando.

A Senator from Pennsylvania and the 11th US Vice President (under James Polk), George Mifflin Dallas (1792-1864) is thought to have been the namesake of Dallas. He served as Senator for 15 months, and declined to run for re-election. I think more US Senators should follow his example- this is a namesake to be proud of.

3 Comments:

Blogger Abraham Lincoln said...

I think your photo is revealing in many ways. It and the text revealed the vice president of James Polk (I hardly recall his name but he must be famous for something or I would have forgotten it too) but George Mifflin didn't ring any bells either. I do, however, agree with you that more senators and congresspeople should abandon politics after one or two terms and get on with other lives.

I don't think the oldest or the one who serves the longest in any branch of government is a national asset but is, rather, a broad liability.

My second episode shows the robin with her head down the baby robin's throat. It was posted this morning.

5:38 AM  
Blogger RamblingRound said...

I had just assumed that Dallas, Texas, and Dallas County, Alabama, were named for the same person. I Wikipediaed Dallas County, Ala., and it is named for Alexander J. Dallas, a U.S. Treasury secretary, also from Pennsylvania. Interesting!

8:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

George M. Dallas was the son of the Secretary of the Treasury Alexander J. Dallas (who served under James Madison). My home county of Dallas County, AL, is named for Alexander and I always assumed that Dallas, TX, was named for Alexander as well until I saw that wikipedia said otherwise.

9:04 AM  

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