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William Wilkins (December 20, 1779June 23, 1865) was an Americanmarker lawyer, jurist, and politician from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvaniamarker.

He served in both houses of the state legislature, and was federal judge in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. He was elected to both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate as a Democrat and a Jacksonian. In the election of 1832, Wilkins received 30 electoral votes from Pennsylvania for the Vice Presidency (the other 189 votes went to the official party nominee, Martin Van Buren). He served as U.S. Secretary of War from 1844 to 1845 under President John Tyler.

Wilkins was born in Carlisle, PAmarker, attended Pittsburgh Academymarker[86217] and Dickinson Collegemarker, and practiced law in Pittsburghmarker. Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvaniamarker is named after him. Wilkins died in 1865 in Homewood, near Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pa, and is buried in the Homewood Cemetery there. His brother, Ross Wilkins, was a notable jurist in Michiganmarker.

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