Born: February 9, 1764
Gloucester County, Virginia

Died: August 30, 1845
Washington, D.C.

Buckner Thruston

Judge, Circuit Court for the District of Columbia

Nominated by James Madison on December 12, 1809; Confirmed by the Senate on 12/13/1809, and received commission on December 14, 1809. Service terminated on August 30, 1845, due to death.

College of William and Mary, A.B., 1783

Frame Dimensions
39.25″ x 33.75″

Canvas Dimensions
29.5″ x 25″

Overall Condition
Good. Some cracks in frame; paint slightly creased; some evidence of past conservation efforts; unclear if frame is original.

The signature on the back of the canvas appears to say, “TUFF.” There is no additional information available at this time.

Year Painted

Professional Career:

Private practice, Lexington County, Virginia, 1788-1789
Member, Virginia General Assembly, 1789
Private practice, Lexington, Kentucky, 1791-1792
Commissioner, boundary dispute between Kentucky and Virginia, 1791
Judge, Kentucky State District Court, 1791
Clerk, Kentucky State Senate, 1792-1794
Private practice, Lexington, Kentucky, 1794-1802
Judge, Kentucky State Circuit Court, 1802-1803
Private practice, Lexington, Kentucky, 1803-1805
Judge, U.S. District Court for the Territory of Orleans, 1805 (Declined)
U.S. Senator from Kentucky, 1805-1809

Filson Historical Society, Louisville, Ky.

  • Thruston family letters, 1806-1820; 13 items; correspondence.

University of Kentucky, Lexington, Ky.

  • Robert Alexander papers, 1774-1849; 3 microfilm reels; finding aid; correspondence.