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Fredrick Pinkney


"Pinkney, Fredrick, author and statesman, was bhorn at sea, Oct. 14, 1804, while his parents were returning from England to their native land. His education was obtained principally a the Baltimore College and at St. Mary's College, where he was graduated in 1825. He studied law under Judge Purviance, and was admitted to the bar in 1825. He was associated with his brother, Edward C. Pinkney, in the publication of the 'Marylander,' and was also editor of the 'Chronicle,' and assistant editor of the 'Patriot,' published in Baltimore, in which he published a number of poems and literary essays. Mr. Pinkney was for many years one of the commissioners of the High Courts of Chancery, and after the abolition of that court, he was made one of the commissioners in the circuit court of Baltimore, which office he held at the time of his death. He was appointed assistant attorney general under the administration of Atty.-Gen. Richardson, and held that office for thirty years. He died in Baltimore, Md., June 13, 1973." [The National Cyclopedia of Biography 251 (New York: James T. White & Co., 1892)(vol. 6)][See also: Thomas William Herringshaw, Herringshaw's Encyclopedia of American Biography of the Nineteenth Century 746 (Chicago: American Publishers' Assoc., 1898)]

Edward Coates Pinkney, his brother, was also a lawyer and a poet.