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Stephen ORMSBY

(1759-1844)

ORMSBY, Stephen, a Representative from Kentucky; born in County Sligo, Ireland, in 1759; immigrated to the United States when a boy and settled in Philadelphia, Pa.; pursued classical studies; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1786 and commenced the practice of his profession in Danville, Ky.; deputy attorney general of Jefferson County in 1787; served in the early Indian wars, and as a brigadier general under Gen. Josiah Harmar in the campaign of 1790; judge of the district court of Jefferson County in 1791; presidential elector in 1796; judge of the circuit court 1802-1810; elected as a Republican to the Twelfth Congress (March 4, 1811-March 3, 1813); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Thirteenth Congress; elected to the Thirteenth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Representative-elect John Simpson; reelected to the Fourteenth Congress and served from April 20, 1813, to March 3, 1817; unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Fifteenth Congress; appointed first president of the branch of the Bank of the United States of Louisville, Ky., in 1817; died near Louisville, Ky., in 1844; interment in the Ormsby Burial Ground (later the property of the Kentucky Military Institute) at Lyndon, near Louisville, Ky.

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

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