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BLEDSOE, Jesse, senator, born in Culpepper County, Virginia, 6 April 1776; died near Nacogdoches, Texas, 30 June 1837. When a boy he immigrated to Kentucky and then studied at the Transylvania seminary, whorls' he became a fine scholar. He afterward studied law and practiced with great success. In 1808 he became secretary of state under Governor Chas. Scott, and in 1812 was a member of the legislature. He was elected United States senator from Kentucky, and served from May 1813, ti11"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, in 1833 removed to Mississippi, and in 1835 to Texas, where he was engaged collecting historical material at the time of his death.
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