Daniel Manning
37th United States Secretary of the Treasury
In office
March 8, 1885 – March 31, 1887
PresidentGrover Cleveland
Preceded byHugh McCulloch
Succeeded byCharles S. Fairchild
Chair of the New York Democratic Party
In office
August 1881 – August 1885
Preceded byLester B. Faulkner
Succeeded byJohn O'Brien
Personal details
Born(1831-05-16)May 16, 1831
Albany, New York, U.S.
DiedDecember 24, 1887(1887-12-24) (aged 56)
Albany, New York, U.S.
Resting placeAlbany Rural Cemetery
Spouse(s)Mary Fryer
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Daniel Manning (May 16, 1831 – December 24, 1887) was an American businessman, journalist, and politician who served as the 37th United States Secretary of the Treasury from 1885 to 1887 under President Grover Cleveland.[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 1853, he married Mary Little, who died in 1882. There were four children: James Hilton Manning, who was a editor and manager of the Albany Argus; Frederick Clinton Manning, a prominent engraver of Albany; Mary E., wife of Jules C. Van der Oudermeuluen; Anna, wife of John A. Delehanty. In 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 descended 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 due to ill health.[7]

Death and legacy

He died at home in Albany 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 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 November 13, 2010.
  2. ^ "MR. MANNING'S CAREER" (PDF), The New York Times, December 25, 1887, retrieved February 9, 2011
  3. ^ Hinman, Ida (1895). The Washington Sketch Book.
  4. ^ "STATE DEMOCRATIC PLANS" (PDF), The New York Times, August 16, 1881, retrieved February 9, 2011
  5. ^ "THE COMING CONVENTIONS", The New York Times, August 2, 1885, retrieved February 9, 2011, 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, March 6, 1885, retrieved February 9, 2011
  7. ^ "MANNING OUT OF OFFICE" (PDF), The New York Times, February 15, 1887, retrieved February 9, 2011
  8. ^ "EX-SECRETARY MANNING DYING" (PDF), The New York Times, December 22, 1887, retrieved February 9, 2011
  9. ^ Portraits on U.S. Bank Notes, The National Currency Foundation, retrieved December 22, 2012
Party political offices Preceded byLester B. Faulkner Chairman of the New York State Democratic CommitteeAugust 1881 – August 1885 Succeeded byJohn C. O'Brien Political offices Preceded byHugh McCulloch U.S. Secretary of the TreasuryServed under: Grover ClevelandMarch 1885 – March 1887 Succeeded byCharles S. Fairchild