Library of Congress
BIBB, George Mortimer (1776-1859)

BIBB, GEORGE MORTIMER, a Senator from Kentucky; born in Prince Edward County, Va., October 30, 1776; pursued preparatory studies; graduated from Hampden-Sidney (Va.) College and from William and Mary College, Williamsburg, Va., in 1792; studied law; admitted to the bar and practiced for a short time in Virginia; moved to Lexington, Ky., in 1798; elected to the State house of representatives in 1806, 1810, and 1817; appointed judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals 1808; chief justice of that court 1809-1810, when he resigned; elected as a Democratic Republican to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1811, to August 23, 1814, when he resigned; resumed the practice of law in Lexington; moved to Frankfort in 1816; was again appointed chief justice of the court of appeals 1827-1828, when he again resigned; elected to the United States Senate as a Jacksonian and served from March 4, 1829, to March 3, 1835; chairman, Committee on Post Office and Post Roads (Twenty-first Congress); chancellor of the Louisville chancery court 1835-1844; appointed Secretary of the Treasury in the Cabinet of President John Tyler 1844-1845; resumed the practice of law in Washington, D.C., and was an assistant in the office of the Attorney General; died in Georgetown, D.C., April 14, 1859; buried in Congressional Cemetery, but removed from that location on June 18, 1859; interment in Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort, Ky..

Boston Public Library
Boston, MA
Papers: 3 items.

Filson Club Historical Society
Louisville, KY
Papers: In the Bibb family papers, 1760-1887. 5 boxes. Also miscellaneous letters and references in various collections.

Kentucky Historical Society
Frankfort, KY
Papers: 1808-1858. 14 items. Personal and business letters.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: 1844, 1845. 3 items. Letters and applications.

Pierpont Morgan Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1826-1851. 3 items.

University of Kentucky Libraries
Special Collections and Archives
Lexington, KY
Papers: 7 items (1810-1851) in various collections.

Virginia State Library and Archives
Richmond, VA
Papers: In the Tazewell family papers, 1756-1931.

Western Kentucky University Library
Special Collections
Bowling Green, KY
Papers: Letter (1808); lawsuit (1816); and letter by a friend about Bibb (1875).

  • Goff, John S. "The Last Leaf: George Mortimer Bibb.'' Register of Kentucky Historical Society 59 (October 1961): 331-42.