George Robertson (congressman)

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George Robertson
A portly, stern-looking man in his late fifties with graying black hair. He is wearing a white shirt and black jacket and facing right
Justice of the Kentucky Court of Appeals
In office
1829 – 1834
1864 – 1871
Nominated by Thomas Metcalfe
Thomas E. Bramlette
18th Secretary of State of Kentucky
In office
September 6, 1828 – December 1828
Governor Thomas Metcalfe
Preceded by James Chamberlayne Pickett
Succeeded by Thomas T. Crittenden
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 7th district
In office
March 4, 1817 – 1821
Preceded by Samuel McKee
Succeeded by John Speed Smith
Personal details
Born (1790-11-18)November 18, 1790
Mercer County, Kentucky
Died May 16, 1874(1874-05-16) (aged 83)
Lexington, Kentucky
Resting place Lexington Cemetery
Political party Democratic-Republican
Whig
Alma mater Transylvania University
Profession Lawyer, Professor
Signature G. Robertson

George Robertson (November 18, 1790 - May 16, 1874) was a U.S. Representative from Kentucky.

Early life[edit]

Born near Harrodsburg, Kentucky, Robertson pursued preparatory studies and attended Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky, until 1806. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1809, and commenced practice in Lancaster, Kentucky.

Legal and political career[edit]

Robertson's house in Danville

Robertson was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Fifteenth, Sixteenth, and Seventeenth Congresses and served from March 4, 1817, until his resignation in 1821, before the convening of the Seventeenth Congress. He served as chairman of the Committee on Private Land Claims (Fifteenth Congress). He served as member of the Kentucky House of Representatives 1822-1827, serving four years as speaker. He declined the appointment as Governor of Arkansas Territory tendered by President James Monroe and the diplomatic posts of United States Minister to Colombia in 1824 and to Peru in 1828. He served as Secretary of State of Kentucky in 1828. He was appointed associate justice of the Kentucky Court of Appeals in 1829 and served as chief justice from 1829 to 1834, when he resigned. He resumed the practice of law in Lexington, Kentucky, and became professor of law in Transylvania University 1834-1857.

Robertson was elected as a Whig a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives in 1848, 1851, and 1852, and served as speaker in the two last-named years. He served as justice of the Court of Appeals for the Second District of Kentucky 1864-1871 and acting chief justice part of the time. He died in Lexington, Kentucky, May 16, 1874, and was interred at Lexington Cemetery.

Robertson's sister, Charlotte, was the second wife of Kentucky Governor Robert P. Letcher.

George Robertson is the namesake of Robertson County, Kentucky.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society, Volume 1. Kentucky State Historical Society. 1903. p. 36. 

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