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Timothy Pickering Papers

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Timothy Pickering from the Generals of the American Revolution, Emmet Collection, New York Public Library


(Microfilm Edition)

Massachusetts Historical Society

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Timothy Pickering (1745 –1829) was a politician from Massachusetts who served in a variety of roles, most notably as the third United States Secretary of State, serving in that office from 1795 to 1800 under Presidents George Washington and John Adams. Pickering had previously served in the Massachusetts militia and Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. He is often remembered for his Anglophile attitudes, and pushed for pro-British policies during his political career. The papers include correspondence and business and legal papers (1775–1829) related to his roles in the Revolutionary War, as cabinet officer (1791–1800), member of both houses of Congress, and leading New England Federalist. Many important political and legislative issues of the period appear in the correspondence.

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