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George Mortimer BIBB

(1776-1859)
Senate Years of Service:
1811-1814; 1829-1835
Party:
Democratic Republican; Jacksonian

BIBB, George Mortimer, a Senator from Kentucky; born in Prince Edward County, Va., October 30, 1776; pursued preparatory studies; graduated from Hampden-Sidney (Va.) College and from William and Mary College, Williamsburg, Va., in 1792; studied law; admitted to the bar and practiced for a short time in Virginia; moved to Lexington, Ky., in 1798; elected to the State house of representatives in 1806, 1810, and 1817; appointed judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals 1808; chief justice of that court 1809-1810, when he resigned; elected as a Democratic Republican to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1811, to August 23, 1814, when he resigned; resumed the practice of law in Lexington; moved to Frankfort in 1816; was again appointed chief justice of the court of appeals 1827-1828, when he again resigned; elected to the United States Senate as a Jacksonian and served from March 4, 1829, to March 3, 1835; chairman, Committee on Post Office and Post Roads (Twenty-first Congress); chancellor of the Louisville chancery court 1835-1844; appointed Secretary of the Treasury in the Cabinet of President John Tyler 1844-1845; resumed the practice of law in Washington, D.C., and was an assistant in the office of the Attorney General; died in Georgetown, D.C., April 14, 1859; buried in Congressional Cemetery, but removed from that location on June 18, 1859; final interment location unknown.

Bibliography

Dictionary of American Biography; Goff, John. “The Last Leaf: George Mortimer Bibb.” Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 59 (1961): 331-42.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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