John Wilson (bureaucrat)

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John Wilson (1807 – January 1876) was an immigrant from Ireland to the United States who held positions in the United States Department of the Treasury and United States Department of the Interior.

Biography[edit]

John Wilson was born in Ireland and settled in the District of Columbia at an early age. He held a clerkship in the United States Post Office and United States Department of the Treasury.[1] He was appointed Commissioner of the General Land Office in 1852, and held that office until 1855.[1] He was later Third Auditor of the Treasury 1864-1869.[1]

Wilson was also associated with Railroads in Illinois, and later settled in Washington, D.C. as a claim agent and attorney. He died in Washington D.C., January, 1876 at age 68.[1]

Wilson's brother, Joseph S. Wilson, also served as Commissioner of the General Land Office.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Lanman, Charles (1887). Biographical annals of the civil government of the United States. New York: J M Morrison. p. 552. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Justin Butterfield
Commissioner of the General Land Office
1852-1855
Succeeded by
Thomas A. Hendricks
Preceded by
Elijah Sells
Third Auditor of the United States Treasury
1864-1869
Succeeded by
Reader W. Clarke