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John Jordan Crittenden, Jr., Gov., Sen. & Atty. Gen.

Birthplace: Versailles, Woodford, Kentucky, USA
Death: Died in Frankfort, Franklin, Kentucky, USA
Place of Burial: Frankfort, Franklin, Kentucky, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Maj. John J. Crittenden and Judith Crittenden
Husband of Sarah O. Crittenden; Elizabeth Woodson Crittenden and Maria Knox Crittenden
Father of Maj. General Thomas L. Crittenden (USA); Sarah Lee Watson; Maj. Gen. George B. Crittenden (CSA) and Ann Mary Butler Coleman
Brother of Harriet Smith; Thomas Turpin Crittenden; Henry Crittenden and Robert Crittenden

Occupation: statesman, Senator from Kentucky
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About John Jordan Crittenden, US Atty Gen.

John Jordan Crittenden (September 10, 1787 – July 26, 1863) was a politician from the U.S. state of Kentucky. He twice served as United States Attorney General – in the administrations of William Henry Harrison and Millard Fillmore. After Harrison's death, political differences prompted him to resign as attorney general rather than continue his service under Harrison's successor, John Tyler. He also refused appointment to the cabinet of Zachary Taylor out of respect for his close friend, Henry Clay. He was elected Kentucky's 17th governor in 1848, but resigned in 1850 to represent the state in one of his four non-consecutive stints in the United States Senate. He was elected to the United States House of Representatives in a special election held in 1861 and was engaged in a campaign to be re-elected to that seat when he died in 1863.

John J. Crittenden was born September 10, 1787 near Versailles, Woodford County, Kentucky. He was the second child and first son of Revolutionary War veteran John Crittenden and Judith (Harris) Crittenden. On his father's side, he was of Welsh descent, while his mother's family was French Huguenot. His father had surveyed land in Kentucky with George Rogers Clark, and he settled on the land just after the end of the war. Two of Crittenden's brothers, Thomas and Robert became lawyers, while the third, Henry, was a farmer.

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John Jordan Crittenden, US Atty Gen.'s Timeline

September 10, 1787
Woodford, Kentucky, USA
Age 23
March 20, 1812
Age 24
March 4, 1817
- March 4, 1819
Age 29
Washington, D. C., United States
May 15, 1819
Age 31
January 8, 1821
Age 33
March 4, 1835
- March 4, 1841
Age 47
Washington, D. C., United States
March 5, 1841
- September 12, 1841
Age 53
Washington, D.C., United States
March 31, 1842
- June 12, 1848
Age 54
Washington, D. C., United States
September 6, 1848
- July 22, 1850
Age 60
Kentucky, United States