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1877 Excerpt: ...to his fellow-man. He was truly great. He lived at
a time when greatness meant more than a mere name or title, and yet
not to be bought as a bauble. His greatness was striven for with
the energy of life, and clasped as a prize by its possessor. His
greatness was unbestowed of man, nor won by pandering to the
popular tastes and creeds of the day. Bather did he seek to uproot
such systems as he deemed pernicious to the life and liberty of his
beloved land. In 1805 he was appointed Attorney-General of the
State of Maryland. In 1806 he was sent as Envoy Extraordinary to
Great Britain, from whence he returned in 1811. On his return he
was immediately elected a member of the State Senate, and at the
end of the same year was appointed Attorney-General of the United
States by President Madison. Not long after his appointment to the
Attorney-Generalship an important case came up for decision in the
Supreme Court. It related to International Law and the special
claims of private citizens of the United States against the
sovereign rights of foreign nations. In referring to the argument
made by Mr. Pinkney on this occasion, Sparks says: "It was
maintained by Mr. Pinkney, as Attorney-General, with an extent of
learning, and a force of argument and eloquence, which raised him
at once in the public estimation to the head of the American Bar"
Not satisfied with the might of the pen alone, his sword was drawn
in defence of his country against the British invaders. In command
of a company of riflen: en, attached to the third brigade of
Maryland militia, he fought and was wounded at the Battle of
Bladensburg. lie w;is sent from Baltimore to the National Congress.
He resigned his seat before the expiration of his term, and
accepted the appointment of Minister to Russi...
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