A native of Maryland, William Pinkney (1764-1822) served in the state legislature from 1788 to 1792 and later served as attorney general of Maryland. In 1807 he was appointed American minister to England, a position he occupied until 1811, when he became U.S. attorney general. He briefly held the offices of minister to Russia and to Naples and was elected to the U.S. Senate in the last decade of his life.
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