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Samuel McKEE

(1774-1826)

McKEE, Samuel, a Representative from Kentucky; born near Lexington, Augusta (now Rockbridge) County, Va., October 13, 1774; was graduated from Liberty Hall Academy (now Washington and Lee University), Lexington, Va., in 1794; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1800 and commenced practice in Somerset, Pulaski County, Ky.; served as surveyor of Pulaski County; moved to Lancaster, Garrard County, Ky., in 1807 and continued the practice of law; member of the State house of representatives 1802-1808; elected as a Republican to the Eleventh and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1809-March 3, 1817); chairman, Committee on Public Lands (Thirteenth Congress); served in the War of 1812 on the staff of General Harrison; after the war resumed the practice of his profession in Lancaster; appointed by President Monroe a member of the commission to clear the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers of obstructions and served until his death in Hickman County, Ky., on October 16, 1826; interment in Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort, Ky.

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

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