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Matthew Hall McAllister (October 26, 1800 – December 19, 1865) was a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Circuit Court for the Districts of California.

Matthew Hall McAllister
Hall McAllister by Robert Ingersoll Aitken (1878–1949) - San Francisco, California, USA. Dedicated in 1904. Smithsonian control number IAS 76004807. SIRIS entry: [1]. Inscriptions: (Sculpture:) R. I. AITKEN SC 1904/GLOBE BRASS AND BELL F'DRY/S.F. CAL.(Sculpture, left page of book:) LEX (Base, front:) HALL MCALLISTER/LEADER OF THE CALIFORNIA BAR/LEARNED ABLE ELOQUENT/FEARLESS ADVOCATE/A COURTEOUS FOE.
Statue of McAllister in San Francisco.
Judge of the United States Circuit Court for the Districts of California
In office
March 3, 1855 – January 12, 1863
Appointed byFranklin Pierce
Preceded bySeat established by 10 Stat. 631
Succeeded bySeat abolished
Personal details
Born
Matthew Hall McAllister

(1800-10-26)October 26, 1800
Savannah, Georgia
DiedDecember 19, 1865(1865-12-19) (aged 65)
San Francisco, California
Political partyDemocratic
EducationPrinceton University
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Education and careerEdit

Born on October 26, 1800, in Savannah, Georgia, McAllister attended Princeton University and read law in 1820. He entered private practice in Savannah from 1820 to 1849. He was the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia from 1827 to 1834. He was a member of the Georgia State Senate from 1834 to 1837. He was Mayor of Savannah from 1837 to 1839. He was an alderman for Savannah from 1839 to 1841. He was the Democratic candidate for Governor of Georgia in 1845. He returned to private practice in San Francisco, California from 1850 to 1853. He was a Democratic candidate for United States Senator from Georgia in 1853.[1]

Federal judicial serviceEdit

McAllister was nominated by President Franklin Pierce on March 2, 1855, to the United States Circuit Court for the Districts of California, to a new seat authorized by 10 Stat. 631. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 3, 1855, and received his commission the same day. His service terminated on January 12, 1863, due to his resignation. The United States Circuit Court for the Districts of California was abolished on March 3, 1863, by 12 Stat. 794, thus McAllister was the only Judge to ever serve on the court.[1]

DeathEdit

McAllister died on December 19, 1865, in San Francisco.[1]

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Mark Anthony Cooper
Democratic nominee for Governor of Georgia
1845
Succeeded by
George W. Towns
Legal offices
Preceded by
Seat established by 10 Stat. 631
Judge of the United States Circuit Court for the Districts of California
1855–1863
Succeeded by
Seat abolished