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George Robertson (congressman)

George Robertson (November 18, 1790 – May 16, 1874) was a U.S. Representative from Kentucky.

George Robertson
A portly, stern-looking man in his late fifties with graying black hair. He is wearing a white shirt and black jacket and facing right
Justice of the Kentucky Court of Appeals
In office
1829 – 1834
1864 – 1871
Nominated byThomas Metcalfe
Thomas E. Bramlette
18th Secretary of State of Kentucky
In office
September 6, 1828 – December 1828
GovernorThomas Metcalfe
Preceded byJames Chamberlayne Pickett
Succeeded byThomas T. Crittenden
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 7th district
In office
March 4, 1817 – 1821
Preceded bySamuel McKee
Succeeded byJohn Speed Smith
Member of the Kentucky House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1790-11-18)November 18, 1790
Mercer County, Kentucky
DiedMay 16, 1874(1874-05-16) (aged 83)
Lexington, Kentucky
Resting placeLexington Cemetery
Political partyDemocratic-Republican
Alma materTransylvania University
ProfessionLawyer, Professor
SignatureG. Robertson

Early lifeEdit

Born near Harrodsburg, Kentucky, Robertson pursued preparatory studies and attended Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky, until 1806. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1809, and commenced practice in Lancaster, Kentucky.

Legal and political careerEdit

Robertson's house in Lancaster, Kentucky. This home was at different times owned by Robert Letcher, U.S.Congressman and Kentucky Governor, and John Boyle, U.S.Congressman, Judge, Kentucky Court of Appeals, and Judge, U.S. Federal District Court of Kentucky.

Robertson was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Fifteenth, Sixteenth, and Seventeenth Congresses and served from March 4, 1817, until his resignation in 1821, before the convening of the Seventeenth Congress. He served as chairman of the Committee on Private Land Claims (Fifteenth Congress). He served as member of the Kentucky House of Representatives 1822-1827, serving four years as speaker. He declined the appointment as Governor of Arkansas Territory tendered by President James Monroe and the diplomatic posts of United States Minister to Colombia in 1824 and to Peru in 1828. He served as Secretary of State of Kentucky in 1828. He was appointed associate justice of the Kentucky Court of Appeals in 1829 and served as chief justice from 1829 to 1834, when he resigned. He resumed the practice of law in Lexington, Kentucky, and became professor of law in Transylvania University 1834-1857.

Robertson was elected as a Whig a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives in 1848, 1851, and 1852, and served as speaker in the two last-named years. He served as justice of the Court of Appeals for the Second District of Kentucky 1864-1871 and acting chief justice part of the time. He died in Lexington, Kentucky, May 16, 1874, and was interred at Lexington Cemetery.

Robertson's sister, Charlotte, was the second wife of Kentucky Governor Robert P. Letcher.

George Robertson is the namesake of Robertson County, Kentucky.[1]


  1. ^ The Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society, Volume 1. Kentucky State Historical Society. 1903. p. 36.

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