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Tench Ringgold was a U.S. marshal of the District of Columbia; he was appointed by President James Monroe and served in the position through the first two years of the administration of Andrew Jackson. Ringgold was from a prominent early-American family that came to America in the early seventeenth century. He was with James Madison when the president was forced to flee Washington, D.C., during the War of 1812, and was named a member of the Presidential Commission in charge of restoring historic Washington buildings after the burning.
Ringgold also owned a leather factory and curing shop in Georgetown, and was appointed Treasurer of the Georgetown Savings Institution. He built the Dacor Bacon House in 1825, a historic house in Washington, D.C., that still stands to this day. Boarders in the house included Supreme Court Justices John Marshall and Joseph Story, both of whom considered him a friend.
Ringgold was also the grandfather of Supreme Court Chief Justice Edward Douglass White.
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