Buckner Thruston

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Buckner Thruston (Feb. 9, 1764 – Aug. 30, 1845) had a full legal, judicial, and political life.[1] He was born in Petsoe Parish, Gloucester County, Virginia before embarking on a sequence of educational efforts.[2] After his preparatory studies, he attended William and Mary College where he studied law under George Wythe.[3]

Thruston then moved to Lexington, Virginia (which became Kentucky) where he was admitted to the bar in 1788, practice law, and became a member of the Virginia Assembly in 1789.[4] After Kentucky was organized as a state,[5] he served as state delegate, Kentucky commissioner to settle border disputes with Virginia, District Court Judge, Senate Clerk, and Circuit Court Judge.[6] He was appointed US judge of the court of the Territory of Orleans in 1804, but declined that honor.[7] Thruston served as a U.S. Senator from Kentucky from 1805 until 1809 when he resigned to take a judicial position as judge for the United States Circuit Court for the District of Columbia. He held that position until he died in 1845 in Washington, D.C.[8]

References

  1. “Buckner Thruston” at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  2. “Thruston, Buckner” at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  3. Ibid.
  4. Ibid.
  5. Ibid.
  6. “Buckner Thruston” at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges.
  7. “Thruston, Buckner” at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  8. Ibid.