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MORAN, Benjamin, diplomatist, born in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, in 1820 ; died in London, England, 20 June, 1886. His father was manager of a small cotton-factory in Trenton, New Jersey, and the son began life as a printer in Philadelphia, but when thirty years of age he went to Europe and travelled through England on foot. In 1854 he became private secretary to James Buchanan, who was then United States minister to England, and in 1855 he was appointed secretary of legation, remaining in this office until 1874 and frequently serving as charge d'affaires. He was appointed minister-resident to Portugal in 1874, which post he held until 1882. Mr. Moran was popular in the political circles of English society, and was noted for his thorough familiarity with the archives of the United States legation in London and the annals of American diplomacy. He contributed to periodicals, and was the author of " The Foot-Path and Highway, or Wanderings of an American in Great Britain in 1851-'2 " (Philadelphia, 1853).
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