This gentleman, who died in Washington
on Monday, was in his sixty-ninth year.
He was born in Kentucky
(whither his father had moved from New Jersey
) in 1794.
The family soon afterwards moved to Ohio
had filled the most responsible public stations in Ohio
, including that of Governor.
He had been a member of each of the Houses
of Congress, and filled the office of Secretary of the Treasury
under Mr. Fillmore
. Mr. Lincoln
appointed him Minister to Mexico
, where he remained until Maximilian
arrived, when he came home on leave of absence.
Since then he has been engaged in his profession of lawyer.
It was alleged that he also undertook the business of "pardon broker." Mr. Corwin
was a man of more than ordinary ability amongst the representative men of the country.
He excelled in humor and playful satire.
He employed this talent very successfully in answer to Mr. Crary
, of Michigan
, who, during the Harrison Presidential
campaign, who, during the Harrison Presidential
campaign, had, in the House of Representatives, assailed the military career of General Harrison
His reply so completely unhorsed the Michigan Congressman
that on the next day Mr. John Quincy Adams
alluded to him as "the late Mr. Crary
," which excited the irrepressible laughter of the whole House.
belonged to that powerful party of Whigs which struggled so long against the Jackson Administration
and the successive Democratic dynasties; but which finally, from motives of mere policy, permitted itself to be merged in the Republican party, and thus brought on the bloody conflict, which, had it remained fast and firm to its own old Whig flag, it might have averted — at least for long years to come.
He was bitterly opposed to the Mexican
war of 1848, and was the leader of the opposition to it.
was raised a farmer, and is said to have been a wagoner in 1812.
On his return from Mexico
, with his naturally dark skin considerably bronzed, he was introduced to an English gentleman as an "Ohioan."The Englishman
shook him by the hand, and inquired "whether his tribe were at peace with the whites?"