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INNES, Harry, jurist, born in Caroline county, Virginia, in 1752; died in Frankfort, Kentucky, 20 September, 1816. He was the son of a Scottish Episcopal minister and was educated as a lawyer. In 1776-'7 he was employed by the committee of public safety in Virginia to superintend the working of Chipil's mines, which were an object of solicitude as a source of lead for the Revolutionary army. In 1779 he was appointed by the legislature of Virginia a commissioner to hear and determine claims to unpatented lands in the Abingdon district. He was chosen in 1783 a judge of the supreme court of Virginia for the district of Kentucky, and in 1785 attorney-general for the same district, in which post he continued until 1787, when he was appointed United States district judge for Kentucky. When Kentucky was erected into a state in 1792 he declined the office of chief justice. With George Nicholas and John Brown he favored independent action and a separate arrangement with Spain respecting the navigation of the Mississippi river. The intrigues of Spanish agents to induce the Kentuckians to accept the protection of Spain were repelled by those patriots, who refused tempting bribes. Throughout the crisis Judge Innes retained the confidence of President Washington, and, when his enemies brought accusations against him in 1808, congress refused to institute measures for his impeachment. His daughter became the wife of John J. Crittenden.
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