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James Kilbourne

Birthdate: (79)
Birthplace: New Britain, Hartford County, Connecticut
Death: April 24, 1850 (79)
Franklin County, Ohio, United States
Place of Burial: Worthington, Franklin County, Ohio, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Josiah Kilbourn and Anna Kilbourne
Husband of Lucy Kilbourn
Father of Hector Kilbourn; Byron Kilbourn and Laura Cowles
Brother of Lemuel Kilbourn; William Kilbourne; Anna Hart; Eunice Kilbourne; Urania Kilbourne and 3 others

Occupation: Surveyor; politician
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About James Kilbourne

James Kilbourne

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio's 5th district In office James Kilbourne (October 19, 1770 – April 9, 1850) was an American surveyor and politician from Ohio.

Kilbourne was born in New Britain, Connecticut, and moved his family to Ohio in 1803, when he founded the city of Worthington, Ohio. In 1805 he was appointed United States surveyor of public lands. During the War of 1812, Kilbourne served as colonel of a frontier regiment.

In 1991, Worthington Kilbourne High School and Kilbourne Middle School, named after James Kilbourne, opened in the Worthington City School District.

He was a trustee of Ohio University from 1804 to 1820.[1]

Kilbourne was elected as a Democratic-Republican to two terms in the United States House of Representatives, representing Ohio's fifth district from 1813 to 1817. He was also a member of the Ohio House of Representatives in 1823, 1824, 1838 and 1839.

Ohio Presidential elector in 1820 for James Monroe.[2]

He was the father of Byron Kilbourn, also a surveyor, who was a founder and mayor of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


From its construction late in 1804, James Kilbourne's large brick home southwest of the public square in Worthington, Ohio provided temporary lodging for new arrivals and business travelers. By 1813 Calvin Case was managing its burgeoning business and advertising for "five or six barrels of whiskey" and a "sprightly young lad to attend to the business of a Tavern."


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James Kilbourne's Timeline

October 19, 1770
New Britain, Hartford County, Connecticut
Age 20
May 26, 1797
Age 26
September 8, 1801
Age 30
Granby, Hartford County, CT, USA
April 24, 1850
Age 79
Franklin County, Ohio, United States
Worthington, Franklin County, Ohio, United States