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Ross Wilkins

Death: 1872 (72-73)
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Son of Gen. John Wilkins of The Whiskey Rebellion and Catherine Wilkins
Husband of Maria Wilkins
Father of Col William Duncan Wilkins
Brother of Margaret Tannehill; James Campbell Wilkins and Mary Murray

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About Judge Ross Wilkins


Ross Wilkins (February 19, 1799 – May 17, 1872) was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Michigan and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Wilkins was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of Major General John Wilkins, Jr., who served in both the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, and became the 7th Quartermaster General of the United States Army. His brother was William Wilkins, a notable lawyer, jurist and politician in Pennsylvania. Wilkins graduated from Dickinson College in 1816, then read law to enter the bar in 1820, and was a prosecuting attorney in Pittsburgh from 1821 to 1823. He then entered private practice in Pittsburgh from 1823 to 1832. He was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1829 to 1830.

Wilkins was also a member of the convention that drafted the Michigan Constitution of 1835, and also of the two conventions held in 1836 to accept terms imposed on Michigan statehood by Congress (see the Toledo War). He also served on the Board of Regents for the University of Michigan, from its creation in 1837 until 1842.

Wilkins was a retired attorney in Detroit from 1869 to 1872. He died on May 17, 1872, in Detroit. He was interred in Elmwood Cemetery in Detroit.

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Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, United States
Age 73