|"Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States|
December 20, 1798 – November 26, 1829
|Appointed by||"John Adams|
|Preceded by||"James Wilson|
|Succeeded by||"Henry Baldwin|
|Member of the "Virginia House of Delegates from "Westmoreland County|
October 15, 1787 – June 23, 1788
|Preceded by||Daniel McCarty|
|Succeeded by||William A. Washington|
June 5, 1762|
"Mount Holly, "Virginia, "British America
|Died||November 26, 1829 (aged 67)
"Philadelphia, "Pennsylvania, "U.S.
|Education||"College of William and Mary ("BA)|
Bushrod Washington (June 5, 1762 – November 26, 1829) was an attorney and politician, appointed as "Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, where he served for more than 30 years. He was among the founders of the "American Colonization Society in 1816, intended to promote emigration of freed slaves and free blacks to a colony in Africa, and served as its president. The nephew of "American founding father and President "George Washington, he inherited his uncle's papers and "Mount Vernon, taking possession in 1802 after the death of "Martha Washington, his uncle's widow.
Bushrod Washington was born on June 5, 1762, at "Bushfield Manor, a plantation home located at "Mount Holly in "Westmoreland County, Virginia. He was a son of "John Augustine Washington (1730–1787), the brother of George Washington, and John's wife, Hannah Bushrod (1735–1801).
Washington graduated from the "College of William & Mary in 1778 and as an alumnus became in 1780 the 41st member of "Phi Beta Kappa. After beginning with "John Marshall the study of law under "George Wythe in 1780, he joined the "Continental Army during 1781 and served as a private in the army until 1782.
After Bushrod left the army, his father and his uncle, George Washington, sponsored his further legal studies with "James Wilson. After concluding his studies with Wilson in April 1784, the young Washington returned to Westmoreland County, married Julia Anne (Anna) Blackburn, and opened a law office.
He was in the private practice of law from 1784 to 1798.
He was elected to the "Virginia House of Delegates in 1787. In 1788, he served in the "Virginia Ratifying Convention, where he voted for ratification of the "US Constitution.
On September 29, 1798, Washington received from President "John Adams a "recess appointment to the "seat on the US Supreme Court vacated by James Wilson after John Marshall had declined the appointment while seeking an elective office. Formally nominated on December 18, 1798, Washington was confirmed by the "United States Senate on December 20, 1798, and received his commission the same day. Washington became an associate justice on February 4, 1799, at the age of 36. After Marshall became "Chief Justice two years later, Washington voted with Marshall on all but three occasions (one being "Ogden v. Saunders). Washington served on the Supreme Court until his death in 1829.
While serving on the "Marshall Court, Washington authored the opinion of "Corfield v. Coryell, 6 Fed. Cas. 546 (C.C.E.D. Penn. 1823), while "riding circuit as an Associate Justice. In Corfield, Washington listed several rights that he deemed were fundamental ""privileges and immunities of citizens in the several States."
Around 1795, Washington purchased Belvidere, the former "Richmond estate of "William Byrd III. He relinquished Belvidere upon his appointment to the Supreme Court in 1798.
Upon his aunt Martha Washington's death in 1802, Bushrod Washington inherited all of his uncle George Washington's papers as well the largest part of his estate, including the Mount Vernon plantation, as bequeathed in his uncle's will. By George Washington's will, George's slaves were to be freed after his wife Martha died, as she had the use of them during her lifetime. However, Martha freed the slaves before her death in an 1800 deed of "manumission.
When Bushrod Washington and his wife moved to Mount Vernon immediately after Martha's death, he brought his own slaves there. The estate had not included much cash, and Washington found that he was unable to support the upkeep of the plantation's mansion on the proceeds from the property and his Supreme Court salary. As a result, the mansion deteriorated while he lived there. As his farms were not profitable, he sold many of his slaves to gain working capital to support the main house and property.
Washington was elected a member of the "American Antiquarian Society in 1813.
In 1816, Washington was among the founders of the "American Colonization Society (ACS), which promoted repatriation to Africa of "free blacks and slaves who were freed in preparation for transport there. Washington became the Society's first president and held that position for the remainder of his life. His sales of slaves to support the upkeep of Mount Vernon angered "abolitionists, who questioned why the ACS president could not set an example by freeing his slaves, as had his uncle George Washington. They believed that Bushrod Washington should have sent his freed slaves to "Liberia.
Bushrod died in "Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on November 26, 1829, while riding circuit. His wife died two days later while transporting his body for burial. They are both interred in a vault within the Washington family tomb at Mount Vernon. An "obelisk erected in front of the Washington family vault at Mount Vernon memorializes Bushrod and his wife.
Because of his role in the ACS and his assistance in founding the Republic of Liberia, "Bushrod Island near the national capital of "Monrovia was named for him.
To my nephew Bushrod Washington, I give and bequeath all the Papers in my possession which relate to my Civil and Military Administration of the affairs of this Country; I leave to him also such of my private papers as are worth preserving; and at the decease of my wife, and before; if she is not inclined to retain them, I give and bequeath my Library of books, and pamphlets of every kind. ..... To my nephew Bushrod Washington and his heirs (partly in consideration of an intimation to his deceased father, while we were Bachelors, & he had kindly undertaken to superintend my Estate during my Military Services in the former War between Great Britain and France, that if I should fall therein, Mount Vernon (then less extensive in domain than at present) should become his property) I give and bequeath all that part thereof which is comprehended within the following limits, ....
The marble shafts in front of the Tomb were erected to the memory of Bushrod Washington and his nephew, John Augustine Washington, who in turn were proprietors of Mount Vernon. They are buried in the inner vault.
Two large marble obelisks which stand in front of the new vault were erected as memorials to the private owners of Mount Vernon after George Washington’s death. Both shafts were carved by “A. Gaddis Fecit. Balto”: Within the vault Lie buried the mortal remains of Bushrod Washington, An associate Justice, of the Supreme Court of the U. S. He died in Philadelphia, Nov’r 26th 1829; Aged 68 By his side is interred his devoted Wife Anna Blackburn, Who survived her beloved Husband but two days. Aged 60. Judge Washington. Was the Son of John Augustine Washington and the Nephew of Genl George Washington, Who appointed him one of his Executors. And bequeathed him Mount Vernon. As a Judge he was Wise and Just. “A man of Truth, hating covetousness.” Firm in every honourable purpose and pursuit, Yet gentle humane and condescending. A sincere Christian, Doing in all things the will of his Master, And resting his hope of eternal happiness, ove on the righteousness of Jesus Christ. This humble Monument to the memory of the venerated Judge and his beloved Wife Is placed here by her Niece the Widow of his nephew. John A. Washington. ....
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