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John J. Crittenden

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John J. Crittenden

John Jordan Crittenden (September 10, 1786July 26, 1863) was an American statesman.

He was born near Versailles, Kentucky, and attended Washington College (now Washington and Lee University) in Lexington, Virginia, and was graduated from William and Mary College in 1806. Thereafter he studied law and was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Woodford County, Kentucky in 1807.

He was attorney general of Illinois Territory from 1809-1810; served in the War of 1812 as aide to the Governor; resumed the practice of law in Russellville, Kentucky after the end of the war.

He served in the Kentucky House of Representatives from 1811 to 1817, and served as Speaker of the House during his last term in that body. He was elected to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1817, to March 3, 1819, when he resigned. During his tenure in the 15th Congress he served as chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Judiciary.

After leaving Congress he moved to Frankfort, Kentucky. He briefly rejoined the Kentucky House in 1825, and then 1829 to 1832. He appointed and was confirmed as United States district attorney in 1827, but was removed by President Andrew Jackson in 1829; nominated in 1828 by President John Quincy Adams as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, but was not confirmed by the Senate; again elected to the United States Senate as a Whig and served from March 4, 1835, to March 3, 1841. He was appointed Attorney General of the United States by President William Henry Harrison March to September 1841; appointed and subsequently elected to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Henry Clay and served from March 31, 1842, to June 12, 1848, when he resigned. During this period (27th Congress and 28th Congress) he served on the U.S. Senate Committee on Military Affairs. From 1848 to 1850 he was the Governor of Kentucky and then resigned to again become Attorney General, this time appointed by Millard Fillmore. He served in that position from 1850 to 1853 and the was again elected to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1855, to March 3, 1861. During that period (36th Congress) he was the chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Revolutionary Claims. He was elected as a Unionist to the 37th Congress (March 4, 1861March 3, 1863). He was a candidate for reelection to that office at the time of his death. He died in Frankfort, Kentucky and is interred at the State Cemetery in that place.

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Preceded by:
Henry D. Gilpin
United States Attorney General
1841
Succeeded by:
Hugh S. Legare
Preceded by:
Reverdy Johnson
United States Attorney General
1850–1853
Succeeded by:
Caleb Cushing

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Preceded by:
William Owsley
Governor of Kentucky
1848–1850
Succeeded by:
John L. Helm

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