Henry D. Gilpin (1840–1841) - Attorney General [cite this] ↑Martin Van Buren Home Page Henry Dilworth Gilpin was born April 14, 1801, in Lancaster, England. Gilpin graduated from the University of Pennsylvania (1819) and studied law with Joseph R. Ingersoll, gaining admission to the bar in 1822. He practiced law, became secretary of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal Company, editor of the Atlantic Souvenir, and the author of numerous publications. In 1831, Gilpin was appointed attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Thereafter, he became government director of the Bank of the United States (1833) and solicitor of the U.S. Treasury (1837). President Martin Van Buren appointed Gilpin attorney general in 1840. Gilpin would later argue the Amistad case in Hartford, Connecticut. Following his tenure in Van Buren's cabinet, Gilpin became president of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and vice president of the Pennsylvania Historical Society (1852-1858), director of Girard College, and a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania. Henry Gilpin died in Philadelphia on January 29, 1860. Martin Van Buren Essays Life in Brief Life Before the Presidency Campaigns and Elections Domestic Affairs Foreign Affairs Life After the Presidency Family Life The American Franchise Impact and Legacy [ print all essays ] Martin Van Buren Home Citation Information Consulting Editor Joel Silbey Professor Silbey is the President White Professor of History, Emeritus at Cornell University. His writings include: The American Political Nation, 1838–1893 (Stanford University Press, 1991) Respectable Minority: the Democratic Party in the Civil War Era 1860–1868 (W. W. Norton & Co (Sd), 1977) American President has changed! Click here to take a short survey and tell us what you think!