BURNET, Jacob (1770-1853)

BURNET, JACOB, (son of William Burnet), a Senator from Ohio; born in Newark, N.J., February 22, 1770; pursued preparatory studies; graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1791; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1796 and commenced practice in Cincinnati, Ohio; one of three judges appointed to hold court in Cincinnati, Vincennes, and Detroit; member, Territorial councils of Ohio 1799-1802; member, State house of representatives 1814-1816; appointed judge of the Ohio Supreme Court in 1821 and served until his resignation in December 1828; elected to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of William H. Harrison and served from December 10, 1828, to March 3, 1831; was not a candidate for renomination in 1831; member of the commission appointed in 1831 by the States of Virginia and Kentucky to settle their controversy over the statute of limitation passed by Kentucky; resumed the practice of law; president of the Cincinnati College and the Medical College of Ohio; president of the Cincinnati branch of the United States Bank; died in Cincinnati, Ohio, on May 10, 1853; interment in Spring Grove Cemetery.

Boston Public Library
Boston, MA
Papers: 3 items.

Cincinnati Historical Society
Cincinnati, OH
Papers: 1787-1843. 87 items. Correspondence, deeds, and other papers. Finding aid. Also 5 items in Burnet family papers, 1798-1852; and a portrait.

Indiana Historical Society
Indianapolis, IN
Papers: Correspondence in the Samuel C. Vance papers, 1788-1902 (bulk 1799-1893); and items in the Northwest Territory collection, 1721-1838.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: 1829. 1 letter.

Ohio Historical Society
Columbus, OH
Papers: 5 letters in various collections, and photographs.

Pierpont Morgan Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1804-1833. 3 items.

  • Burnet, Jacob. Notes on the Early Settlement of the North-Western Territory. 1847. Reprint. New York: Arno Press, 1975.
  • Este, David Kirkpatrick. Discourse on the Life and Public Services of the Late Jacob Burnet. Cincinnati: Press of the Cincinnati Gazette Co., 1853.