Jacob Burnet

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Jacob Burnet
United States Senator
from Ohio
In office
December 10, 1828 – March 4, 1831
Preceded by William H. Harrison
Succeeded by Thomas Ewing
Personal details
Born (1770-02-22)February 22, 1770
Newark, New Jersey
Died May 10, 1853(1853-05-10) (aged 83)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Political party National Republican

Jacob Burnet (sometimes spelled Burnett[1]) (February 22, 1770 – May 10, 1853) was an American jurist and statesman from Ohio.

He was born in Newark, New Jersey on February 22, 1770, the son of Dr. William Burnet. He studied law, moved to the Northwest Territory and settled in Cincinnati in 1796.[2] His half-brother David G. Burnet was the first president of the Republic of Texas.

Jacob Burnet was considered the "father of the Ohio constitution" and was an associate justice on the Ohio Supreme Court from 1821 to 1828,[3] and U.S. Senator from 1828 to 1831. His "Notes on the Early Settlement of the North-western Territory" is a primary reference on the early Northwest.

Judge Burnet resided in a mansion on the northwest corner of Seventh and Elm streets in Downtown Cincinnati.[4]

He died in Cincinnati on May 10, 1853, aged 83, and is buried in the Spring Grove Cemetery there.



  1. ^ Gilkey 1901 : 131
  2. ^ Charles Theodore Greve (1904). Centennial History of Cincinnati and Representative Citizens, Volume 1. Biographical Publishing Company. p. 377. Retrieved 2013-05-22. 
  3. ^ Gilkey 1901 : 469
  4. ^ Picturesque Cincinnati. John Shillito Company. 1883. p. 22. 

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