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Poinsett, Joel Roberts, 1779-1851



  • Existence: 1779 - 1851

Joel Roberts Poinsett (March 2, 1779 – December 12, 1851) was an American physician and diplomat. He was the first U.S. agent in South America, a member of the South Carolina legislature and the United States House of Representatives, the first United States Minister to Mexico, a Unionist leader in South Carolina during the Nullification Crisis, Secretary of War under Martin Van Buren, and a co-founder of the National Institute for the Promotion of Science and the Useful Arts (a predecessor of the Smithsonian Institution).

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Daniel Webster letter

Webster Mss 833307
Identifier: Mss 833307
Overview In English.

J.R. Poinsett letter

Mss 838664
Identifier: Mss 838664
Overview In English.