William, an American lawyer, born in Annapolis, Md., March 17, 1764, died Feb. 25, 1822. His family was a branch of the South Carolina Pinckneys, and early settled at Annapolis. He studied medicine in Baltimore, but devoted himself to law, and was called to the bar in 1786. In 1788 he was a delegate to the convention which ratified the constitution of the United States, and he subsequently held various state offices in the house of delegates, senate, and council. In 1796 he was sent to London as commissioner under the Jay treaty, remaining abroad till 1804. In 1805 he became attorney general for the state of Maryland. He was minister extraordinary to England in 1806, to treat with the British government in conjunction with Monroe, and was resident minister from 1807 to 1811, when he was appointed attorney general of the United States, which office he held over two years. He commanded a volunteer corps in the war of 1812, and was severely wounded at the battle of Bladensburg. In 1815 he was a member of congress, and in 1816 was appointed minister to Russia and special minister to Naples. In 1818 he returned home, and in 1819 was elected a United States senator.
Edward Coate, an American poet, son of the preceding, born in London in October, 1802, died in Baltimore, April 11,1828. He was educated at St. Mary's college, Baltimore, and at the age of 14 entered the navy as a midshipman. In 1824 he resigned his commission, was married, and commenced the practice of the law. In 1826 he was appointed a professor in the university of Maryland, and in 1827 assumed control of a political journal called "The Marylander," which from ill health he was soon obliged to relinquish. His poetical reputation rests on a volume entitled " Rodolph and other Poems," published anonymously in 1825. Some of the songs in this, including " The Health " and the " Picture Song," still have great popularity.