BLEDSOE, Jesse, (1776 - 1836)

Senate Years of Service: 1813-1815
Party: Democratic Republican

Courtesy U.S. Senate Historical Office

BLEDSOE, Jesse, (uncle of Robert Emmett Bledsoe Baylor, grandfather of Benjamin Gratz Brown), a Senator from Kentucky; born in Culpeper County, Va., April 6, 1776; when quite young moved with an elder brother to Kentucky; attended Transylvania Seminary and Transylvania University, Lexington Ky.; studied law in Lexington; admitted to the bar about 1800 and commenced practice; appointed secretary of state 1808; member, State house of representatives 1812; elected as a Democratic Republican to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1813; resignation offered December 24, 1815, but remained on Senate payroll until January 14, 1815; seat declared vacant January 20, 1815; member, State senate 1817-1820; judge of the Lexington circuit in 1822; settled in Lexington and was professor of law in Transylvania University; minister in the Disciples Church; moved to Mississippi in 1833 and to Texas in 1835; died near Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches County, Tex., June 25, 1836.