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Abel Upshur

Abel Parker Upshur

State of Residency: Virginia
Appointment: Jul 24, 1843
Entry on Duty: Jul 24, 1843
Termination of Appointment: Feb 28, 1844
Presidency: Tyler
Note: Commissioned during a recess of the Senate; ecommissioned after confirmation on Jan 2, 1844

As Secretary of State:

Foreign Travels:

Born: Oct 22, 1780
Died: October 21, 1844
Married: Elizabeth Dennis (died); Elizabeth A.B. Upshur
Education: College of New Jersey and Yale College
Occupation: Lawyer

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Notable Events

  • During his term as Secretary of State Upshur was killed by the explosion of a gun on board the Battleship  Princeton in the Potomac River about fifteen miles below Washington, D.C., February 28, 1844

  • Previous Secretary of State: Daniel Webster
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