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John Adams Dix (1798–1879)

Dix, John Adams. An American statesman and general; born at Boscawen, NH, July 24, 1798; died in New York City, April 21, 1879. He was Secretary of the Treasury during a brief period in 1861 under Buchanan, during which time he telegraphed to a naval officer the famous phrase: “If anyone attempts to haul down the American flag, shoot him on the spot!” During the Civil War he was made major-general of volunteers. From 1867 to 1868 he was Minister to France, and in 1872 was elected Governor of New York. Among his works are: ‘Resources of the City of New York’ (1827); ‘A Winter in Madeira and a Summer in Spain and France’ (1855); ‘Speeches and Occasional Addresses’ (2 vols., 1864). He translated ‘Dies Iræ’ (1863) and ‘Stabat Mater’ (1868), both privately printed.