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Samuel Hopkins (April 9, 1753 – September 16, 1819) was a U.S. Representative from Kentucky.

Samuel Hopkins
Portrait of Samuel Hopkins.jpg
Oil on canvas painting of Samuel Hopkins
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 5th district
In office
1813–1815
Preceded byHenry Clay
Succeeded byAlney McLean
Personal details
Born(1753-04-09)April 9, 1753
Albemarle County, Virginia
DiedSeptember 16, 1819(1819-09-16) (aged 66)
Henderson, Kentucky
NationalityAmerican
Military service
AllegianceUnited States United States
RankColonel
US-O8 insignia.svg Major General
Unit10th Virginia Regiment
CommandsCommander in chief of the Western Frontier
Battles/warsAmerican Revolutionary War
War of 1812

Born in Albemarle County, Virginia, Hopkins was educated by private tutors. He served in the Revolutionary War, for a while on the staff of General Washington, and later as lieutenant colonel and colonel of the Tenth Virginia Regiment. He was an original member of the Virginia Society of the Cincinnati.

In 1796, Hopkins moved to Kentucky and settled on the Ohio River in 1797 at a point then called Red Banks, now called Henderson, Kentucky. He studied law and was admitted to the bar. Hopkins was appointed chief justice of the first court of criminal common law and chancery jurisdiction in 1799, and served until his resignation in 1801. Hopkins served as a member of the State house of representatives in 1800, 1801, and 1803–1806. He later served in the State senate from 1809 to 1813.

In 1812, Hopkins was appointed Commander in Chief of the western frontier (Illinois and Indiana Territory), with the rank of Major General. He participated in the Peoria War and was commander at Spur's Defeat; after these series of losses, he resigned from active duty.

Hopkins was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Thirteenth Congress (March 4, 1813 – March 3, 1815). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1814. Samuel Hopkins retired to his country estate, Spring Garden, near Henderson, Kentucky, and died there September 16, 1819. He was interred in the family burying ground at Spring Garden.

Hopkinsville, Kentucky was named for him by the Kentucky Assembly in 1804, as was Hopkins County, Kentucky two years later.

ReferencesEdit

  • United States Congress. "Samuel Hopkins (id: H000778)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Allen, William B. (1872). A History of Kentucky: Embracing Gleanings, Reminiscences, Antiquities, Natural Curiosities, Statistics, and Biographical Sketches of Pioneers, Soldiers, Jurists, Lawyers, Statesmen, Divines, Mechanics, Farmers, Merchants, and Other Leading Men, of All Occupations and Pursuits. Bradley & Gilbert. p. 288. Retrieved 2008-11-10.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Henry Clay
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 5th congressional district

1813–1815
Succeeded by
Alney McLean