History of the Federal Judiciary

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Dickerson, Mahlon
Born April 17, 1770, in Hanover Neck, NJ
Died October 5, 1853, in Succasunna, NJ

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
Nominated by Martin Van Buren on July 14, 1840, to a seat vacated by William Rossell. Confirmed by the Senate on July 21, 1840, and received commission on July 23, 1840. Service terminated on February 16, 1841, due to resignation.

College of New Jersey (now Princeton University), A.B., 1789
Read law, 1793

Professional Career:
Private practice, Morristown, New Jersey, 1793-1794, 1794-1796
New Jersey Detached Militia private, Second Regiment of Cavalry, 1794
Private practice, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1797-1810
Miner/iron manufacturer, Morris County, New Jersey, 1810-1853
Judge, Mayor's Court
Member, Philadelphia [Pennsylvania] Common Council, 1799
Commissioner of bankruptcy, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 1802
Adjutant-general for Pennsylvania, 1805-1808
City recorder, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1808-1810
State assemblyman, New Jersey, 1811-1813
Justice, Supreme Court of New Jersey, 1813-1815
Reporter, Supreme Court of New Jersey, 1813-1814
Governor, New Jersey, 1815-1817
U.S. senator from New Jersey, 1817-1833
Vice-president, New Jersey State Council, 1833
Secretary of the U.S. Navy, 1834-1838
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