McClean, John

Associate Supreme Court Justice


Mclean was born in Morris County, New Jersey on March 11, 1785. Mclean became a lawyer by working in the court and reading law under a Cincinnati attorney. He was admitted to the bar in 1807 when he moved to Lebanon Ohio and opened a law practice. In 1812 he was elected to the House of Representatives. In 1816 he resigned to take a seat on the Ohio Supreme Court. In 1822 President Monroe McLean was appointed as Commissioner of the General Land Office in Washington DC. A year later he was appointed Postmaster General. In 1829 President Jackson appointed Mclean to the Supreme Court where he served for 32 years until his death on April 4, 1861.