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McKINLEY, John, jurist, born in Culpeper county, Virginia, 1 May, 1780; died in Louisville, Kentucky, 19 July, 1852. He studied law, was admitted to the bar, and began to practise at Louisville, Kentucky, but subsequently removed to Huntsville, Alabama, where he was chosen a member of the state house of representatives. He was afterward elected United States senator from Alabama as a Jackson Democrat in place of Henry Chambers, deceased, and served from 21 December, 1826, till 3 March, 1831. Having removed to Florence during his senatorial term, he was, on its conclusion, elected from the latter place a mere-bet of the 23d congress, serving from 2 December, 1833, till 3 March, 1835. On 22 April, 1837, he was appointed by President Van Buren a justice of the United States supreme court, which office he held until the time of his death.
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