Samuel Douglas

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For the American politician and jurist, see Samuel J. Douglas.
Samuel Douglas
15th Attorney General of Pennsylvania
In office
February 10, 1830 – January 29, 1833
Preceded by Philip Markley
Succeeded by Ellis Lewis
Personal details
Born 1781
County Londonderry, Ireland
Died July 8, 1833
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Spouse(s) Louisa Wyeth
Profession Attorney

Samuel Douglas (1781–July 8, 1833) was a Pennsylvania lawyer and state Attorney General.

Personal life and career[edit]

Douglas was born in Ireland, the son of Henry Douglas and Jane Blair,[1] a descendant of the Scottish warlord known as the "Black Douglas".[2] He was educated in Scotland, and came to America when he was about seventeen. He joined his older brother, the Reverend Joseph Douglas, who was living in Pittsburgh. Douglas studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1804.[1]

In 1817, Douglas ran for Congress against Henry Baldwin and lost. That year he moved to Harrisburg, where he met Louisa Wyeth, whom he married shortly afterwards.[1]

In 1819, Douglas was appointed Deputy Attorney General for Dauphin County. He was appointed Attorney General in 1830. His term ended in 1833, and he died that summer.


  1. ^ a b c William Henry Egle (1886). Pennsylvania Genealogies: Scotch-Irish and German. Lane S. Hart. pp. 686–7. 
  2. ^ John A. Marshall (1870). American Bastile. pp. 156–7. 

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Philip Markley
Attorney General of Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
Ellis Lewis