Thomas Ewing

Thomas Ewing Sr. (December 28, 1789  October 26, 1871) was a National Republican and Whig politician from Ohio. He served in the U.S. Senate as well as serving as the Secretary of the Treasury and the first secretary of the interior. He is also known as the foster father (and subsequently father-in-law) of famous American Civil War general William Tecumseh Sherman.

Thomas Ewing
1st United States Secretary of the Interior
In office
March 8, 1849  July 22, 1850
PresidentZachary Taylor
Millard Fillmore
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byThomas McKennan
14th United States Secretary of the Treasury
In office
March 4, 1841  September 11, 1841
PresidentWilliam Henry Harrison
John Tyler
Preceded byLevi Woodbury
Succeeded byWalter Forward
United States Senator
from Ohio
In office
July 20, 1850  March 3, 1851
Appointed bySeabury Ford
Preceded byThomas Corwin
Succeeded byBenjamin Wade
In office
March 4, 1831  March 3, 1837
Preceded byJacob Burnet
Succeeded byWilliam Allen
Personal details
Born(1789-12-28)December 28, 1789
West Liberty, Virginia, U.S. (now West Virginia)
DiedOctober 26, 1871(1871-10-26) (aged 81)
Lancaster, Ohio, U.S.
Political partyNational Republican (Before 1833)
Whig (1833–1871)
Spouse(s)Maria Wills Boyle
EducationOhio University (BA)

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