Biography of Jesse Bledsoe
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Bledsoe, Jesse, born in Culpeper county. Virginia. April 6, 1776, died near Nacogdoches, Texas, June 30, 1837. When a boy he emigrated to Kentucky and then studied at the Transylvania Seminary, where he became a fine scholar. He afterward studied law and practiced with great success. In 18o8 he became secretary of state under Governor Charles Scott, and in 1812 was a member of the legislature. He was elected United States senator from Kentucky, and served from May, 1813, till 1815. From 1817 till 1820 he was state senator. In 1820 he was a presidential elector, and in 1822 was appointed circuit judge in the Lexington district. Accordingly he settled in Lexington¬, where he also became professor of law in Transylvania University. Later he returned to the practice of his profession. its. 1833 removed to Mississippi, and in 1835 tc Texas, where he was engaged collecting historical material at the time of his death.

Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography
Volume II
By: Lyon Gardiner Tyler, LL. D.
Lewis Historical Publishing Company
New York 1915

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