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date: 24 September 2020

Catron, Johnlocked

(1781?–30 May 1865)
  • Richard L. Aynes


Catron, John (1781?–30 May 1865), lawyer and Supreme Court justice, was born according to some accounts in Pennsylvania, and according to others in Virginia. The year of his birth is variously given between 1778 and 1787, although his niece reported that before he died Catron told his family he was born in 1781. Nothing is known of his parents. His early life was spent in Virginia. He later moved to Kentucky and then to Tennessee, where in 1807 he married Matilda Childress of Nashville. They had no children....

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