Daniel Manning

Daniel Manning
37th United States Secretary of the Treasury
In office
March 8, 1885  March 31, 1887
President Grover Cleveland
Preceded by Hugh McCulloch
Succeeded by Charles S. Fairchild
Chair of the New York Democratic Party
In office
August 1881  August 1885
Preceded by Lester Faulkner
Succeeded by John O'Brien
Personal details
Born (1831-05-16)May 16, 1831
Albany, New York, U.S.
Died December 24, 1887(1887-12-24) (aged 56)
Albany, New York, U.S.
Resting place Albany Rural Cemetery
Spouse(s) Mary Fryer

Daniel Manning (May 16, 1831 – December 24, 1887) was an American businessman, journalist, and politician most notable for having served as the 37th United States Secretary of the Treasury.[1]


Manning was born May 16, 1831 in Albany, New York. He was educated in the public schools and then entered the world of commerce. At the age of 11, Manning went to work for the Albany Atlas, which consolidated with the Argus in 1856. Manning became editor in 1865 and owner in 1873.[2] In November 1884, Manning married Mary Margaretta Fryer (1844-1928), daughter of William John Fryer and Margaret Livingston (Crofts) Fryer.

Mary Margaretta Fryer was closely identified with the social life of President Cleveland's second administration as well as the first. Fryer was a native of Albany, and a daughter of William J. fryer, an honored citizen of the state of New York. On her mother's side, she descendeded from Lord Livingston, and her ancestry did good service during Colonial times in shaping the affairs of New York State. She was Regent of the Albany Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and interested in the work of that organization.[3]

Manning's political career was very successful as well. He became chairman of the New York Democratic committee in 1881.[4] He resigned in 1885,[5] having been appointed Secretary of the Treasury by President Grover Cleveland in March.[6] Manning resigned on March 31, 1887; the cause was due to ill health.[7]

Death and legacy

He died in Albany home in 1887, from Brights disease, and was buried in Albany Rural Cemetery there.[8]

An engraved portrait of Manning appears on U.S. paper money, on the series 1886 20.00 silver certificates.[9] Some of these notes are referred to as "diamondbacks" due to their unusual reverse design and they are scarce.

There is a memorial to Manning in the Cathedral of All Saints (Albany, New York).


  1. "Daniel Manning (1885 - 1887)". Secretaries of the Treasury. Washington, D.C.: United States Department of the Treasury. Archived from the original on 2010-11-13.
  2. "MR. MANNING'S CAREER" (PDF), The New York Times, 1887-12-25, retrieved 2011-02-09
  3. Hinman, Ida (1895). The Washington Sketch Book.
  4. "STATE DEMOCRATIC PLANS" (PDF), The New York Times, 1881-08-16, retrieved 2011-02-09
  5. "THE COMING CONVENTIONS", The New York Times, 1885-08-02, retrieved 2011-02-09, The resignation of Daniel Manning, Chairman of the Democratic State Committee, is in the hands of Secretary John O'Brien, of Dutchess.
  6. "PRESIDENT CLEVELAND'S CABINET" (PDF), The New York Times, 1885-03-06, retrieved 2011-02-09
  7. "MANNING OUT OF OFFICE" (PDF), The New York Times, 1887-02-15, retrieved 2011-02-09
  8. "EX-SECRETARY MANNING DYING" (PDF), The New York Times, 1887-12-22, retrieved 2011-02-09
  9. Portraits on U.S. Bank Notes, The National Currency Foundation, retrieved 22 December 2012
Party political offices
Preceded by
Lester B. Faulkner
New York State Democratic Committee Chairman
August 1881 – August 1885
Succeeded by
John C. O'Brien
Political offices
Preceded by
Hugh McCulloch
U.S. Secretary of the Treasury
Served under: Grover Cleveland

March 1885 – March 1887
Succeeded by
Charles S. Fairchild
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