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McKinley, John
Born May 1, 1780, in Culpeper County, VA
Died July 19, 1852, in Louisville, KY

Federal Judicial Service:
Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States
Received a recess appointment from Martin Van Buren on April 22, 1837, to a new seat authorized by 5 Stat. 176; nominated to the same position by Martin Van Buren on September 18, 1837. Confirmed by the Senate on September 25, 1837, and received commission on September 25, 1837. Service terminated on July 19, 1852, due to death.

Allotment as Circuit Justice:
Ninth Circuit, June 28, 1837-January 24, 1843
Fifth Circuit, January 25, 1843-July 19, 1852

Education:
Read law, 1800

Professional Career:
Private practice, Frankfort and Louisville, Kentucky, 1800-1819
Private practice, Huntsville, Alabama, 1819-1836
State representative, Alabama, 1820-1822, 1831, 1836
U.S. senator from Alabama, 1826-1831
U.S. representative from Alabama, 1833-1835
U.S. senator-elect from Alabama (appointed to the bench before he could take his seat), 1836
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