James Kilbourne

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James Kilbourne
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1813 – March 3, 1817
Preceded by new district
Succeeded by Philemon Beecher
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives from Franklin County
In office
December 1, 1823 – December 5, 1824
Preceded by David Smith
Succeeded by G. W. Williams
In office
December 3, 1838 – December 1, 1839
Preceded by Alfred Kelly
Robert Neil
Succeeded by B. Comstock
Personal details
Born (1770-10-19)October 19, 1770
New Britain, Connecticut
Died April 9, 1850(1850-04-09) (aged 79)
Worthington, Ohio
Political party Democratic-Republican

James Kilbourne (October 19, 1770 – April 9, 1850) was an American surveyor, politician from Ohio, and Episcopalian clergyman.

Kilbourne was born in New Britain, Connecticut, and moved his family to Ohio in 1803, when he founded the city of Worthington, Ohio. In 1804 a group he led founded St. John's Episcopal Church. In 1805 he was appointed United States surveyor of public lands. During the War of 1812, Kilbourne served as colonel of a frontier regiment.

In 1991, Worthington Kilbourne High School and Kilbourne Middle School, named after James Kilbourne, opened in the Worthington City School District.

He was a trustee of Ohio University from 1804 to 1820.[1]

Kilbourne was elected as a Democratic-Republican to two terms in the United States House of Representatives, representing Ohio's fifth district from 1813 to 1817. He was also a member of the Ohio House of Representatives in 1823, 1824, 1838 and 1839.

Ohio Presidential elector in 1820 for James Monroe.[2]

He was the father of Byron Kilbourn, also a surveyor, who was a founder and mayor of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.