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Favorite thing: I always wondered where Dallas got its name. I somewhat associated it with the old radio soap "Stella Dallas" (which apparently was also a novel and a movie). But that was obviously wrong.
According to the Political Graveyard website, the name of Dallas came from George Mifflin Dallas (1792-1864) -- also known as George M. Dallas -- of Pennsylvania. In addition to the city of Dallas Texas, there are counties in Ark., Iowa, and Mo. named for him.
He was the son of Alexander James Dallas. Born in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., July 10, 1792. He was a Democrat and a lawyer who had a political career including being mayor of Philadelphia, Pa., 1829; U.S. District Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1829-31; U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, 1831-33; Pennsylvania state attorney general, 1833-35; U.S. Minister to Russia, 1837-39; Great Britain, 1856-61.
The significant office that he held was Vice President of the United States, 1845-49 under James Polk.
He died in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., December 31, 1864. Interment at St. Peter's Churchyard, Philadelphia, Pa.
This seems pretty far removed from Dallas TX.
Fondest memory: It's a bit ironic that another Vice President who was actually FROM Texas was catapulted into the Presidency by an assassin's bullet that was fired in Dallas.
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