George Robertson (congressman)
|Justice of the Kentucky Court of Appeals|
1829 – 1834
1864 – 1871
|Nominated by||Thomas Metcalfe
Thomas E. Bramlette
|18th Secretary of State of Kentucky|
September 6, 1828 – December 1828
|Preceded by||James Chamberlayne Pickett|
|Succeeded by||Thomas T. Crittenden|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 7th district
March 4, 1817 – 1821
|Preceded by||Samuel McKee|
|Succeeded by||John Speed Smith|
November 18, 1790|
Mercer County, Kentucky
|Died||May 16, 1874
|Resting place||Lexington Cemetery|
|Alma mater||Transylvania University|
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
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.
- The Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society, Volume 1. Kentucky State Historical Society. 1903. p. 36.
- George Robertson at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Allen, William B. (1872). A History of Kentucky: Embracing Gleanings, Reminiscences, Antiquities, Natural Curiosities, Statistics, and Biographical Sketches of Pioneers, Soldiers, Jurists, Lawyers, Statesmen, Divines, Mechanics, Farmers, Merchants, and Other Leading Men, of All Occupations and Pursuits. Bradley & Gilbert. pp. 261–264. Retrieved 2008-11-10.