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

Douglas was born in Ireland, the son of Henry Douglas and Jane Blair, reputedly a descendant of the "Black Douglas". 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.

 

Samuel supported his nephew, Robert Douglas reading law for two years, but Robert then suddenly concluded to turn his attention to the ministry, and gave up the study of law

 

In 1812 he volunteered as aide to General Adamson Tannehill and was with him in the expedition to Black Rock.

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.

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.

 

 

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