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John Christian Bullitt

Birthplace: Jefferson Co, KY
Death: Died in Philadelphia, PA
Immediate Family:

Son of William Christian Bullitt and Mildred Ann Bullitt
Husband of <private> Langhorne
Father of William Christian Bullitt, Sr. and Julia Dunlap Gross
Brother of David Bell Bullitt; Helen Chenoweth; Thomas Walker Bullitt; Joshua Frye Bullitt; Susan Dixon and 5 others

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About John Christian Bullitt

John Christian Bullitt (1824–1902) was a prominent lawyer and civic figure in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He founded the law firm known today as Drinker Biddle & Reath.

Early life

Bullitt was born to a prominent Kentucky family in 1824. His family had a political background: his grandfather, Alexander S. Bullitt, was President of Kentucky’s first Constitutional Convention, and his father, William C. Bullitt, was a member of Kentucky’s Constitutional Convention of 1850.

Legal career

Bullitt graduated from Centre College and moved to Philadelphia in 1849, on the advice of Secretary of State and future President James Buchanan, whom he had met on a tour in Washington, D.C. It was in Philadelphia that Bullitt began his legal practice. One of his earliest clients was the Bank of Kentucky. Bullitt and his law partner, Samuel Dickson, soon created one of the most successful and lucrative law offices in the city. Bullitt would later represent financier Jay Cooke in the aftermath of the Panic of 1873.

Bullitt served as a delegate to the Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention of 1873, and in 1885 drafted the "Bullitt Bill", which would become the Philadelphia City Charter two years later. He also founded the Fourth Street National Bank in 1886.

He would continue his legal practice until his death in 1902. His grandson, William Christian Bullitt, Jr., would become the United States Ambassador to the Soviet Union.

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John Christian Bullitt's Timeline

February 10, 1824
Jefferson Co, KY
June 18, 1856
Age 32
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
May 5, 1861
Age 37
August 25, 1902
Age 78
Philadelphia, PA