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BEDINGER, George Michael

1756–1843

Biography

BEDINGER, George Michael, (uncle of Henry Bedinger), a Representative from Kentucky; born in Hanover, York County, Pa., December 10, 1756; attended an English school; moved to Virginia about 1762 and to Kentucky in 1779 and settled at Boonesborough; adjutant in the expedition against Chillicothe in May 1779; major in the Battle of Blue Licks, August 19, 1782; major in Drake's Regiment in 1791; major commanding the Winchester Battalion of Sharpshooters in the St. Clair expedition in 1791; major commanding the Third Sublegion of the United States Infantry from April 11, 1792, to February 28, 1793; member of the State house of representatives of the first legislature of Kentucky in 1792; served in the State senate in 1800 and 1801; elected as a Republican to the Eighth and Ninth Congresses (March 4, 1803-March 3, 1807); engaged in agricultural pursuits; died at Blue Licks Springs, Ky., December 7, 1843; interment in the family cemetery on his farm near Lower Blue Licks Springs, Ky.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: In the Lyman Copeland Draper Manuscripts, 1735-1890, 134 microfilm reels. Persons represented include George M. Bedinger. Original papers are at the Wisconsin Historical Society. A finding aid is available in the library.

Wisconsin Historical Society
Archives Division

Madison, WI
Papers: In the Draper Manuscripts: George Michael Bedinger Papers, 1775-1860, 0.2 cubic foot (1 volume). Papers of a major in the Continental Army who participated in the battles of Germantown and Yorktown, the defense of Boonesborough, and John Bowman's Ohio campaign. He also brought supplies to Valley Forge, participated in St. Clair's 1791 New Jersey campaign against the Indians, and served in the Kentucky legislature and U.S. Congress. Included are 1843 reminiscences, correspondence, legal records, election campaign broadsides, pension applications, and two maps of the Blue Licks battlefield. Forms part of the Lyman Copeland Draper Manuscripts.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Bedinger, George Michael. The George M. Bedinger Papers: Volume 1A of the Draper manuscript collection. Transcribed and indexed by Craig L. Heath. Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books, 2002.

Dandridge, Danske. George Michael Bedinger: A Kentucky Pioneer. Charlottesville, Va.: Michie Co., printers, 1909.

Talbert, Charles G. "George Michael Bedinger 1756-1843." Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 65 (January 1967): 28-46.

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