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William John Duane

Birthdate: (85)
Birthplace: Colnmel, County Tipperary, Ireland
Death: Died in United States
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Son of William Duane and Catherine Duane
Husband of Deborah Duane (Bache)
Father of Elizabeth Crabb; William Duane; Sarah Franklin Duane ; Mary Duane; Catharine Duane and 3 others

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About William J. Duane, U.S. Sec'y of Treasury


William John Duane (May 9, 1780 – September 27, 1865) was an Irish born American politician and lawyer from Pennsylvania. In 1833, President Andrew Jackson appointed Duane Secretary of the Treasury.

Born in Clonmel, County Tipperary, Ireland, Duane emigrated to the United States with his parents, William Duane, and Catherine Corcoran in 1796, settling in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He assisted his father in publishing the Aurora, a Philadelphia newspaper, until 1806. He became an influential lawyer and served several terms in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. He was one of the most powerful state politicians in Pennsylvania at the time.

He married on December 31, 1805 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Deborah Franklin Bache, who was born on October 1, 1781 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and died on February 12, 1863 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her father was Richard Bache, Sr. a marine insurance underwriter and importer in Philadelphia. He served as United States Postmaster General from 1776 to 1782. Her mother was Sarah Franklin Bache the daughter of Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America and Deborah Read.

In 1833, President Andrew Jackson appointed Duane Secretary of the Treasury. Like his predecessor, Louis McLane, who was moved to the Department of State, Duane refused to remove government deposits from the Bank of the United States and transfer them to state banks. This caused clashes with Jackson and Duane was soon replaced by Roger B. Taney. He defended his own position in his book Narrative and Correspondence Concerning the Removal of the Deposites, and Occurrences Connected Therewith, published in 1838.

Duane died on September 27, 1865.

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May 9, 1780
Colnmel, County Tipperary, Ireland
April 21, 1801
Age 20
Age 27
Age 29
Age 31
Age 33
October 12, 1823
Age 43
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
September 27, 1865
Age 85
United States