Washington, Bushrod

Washington, Bushrod (1762-1829) Associate Justice of the Supreme Court: The favorite nephew of George Washington, Bushrod Washington was born in Virginia on June 5, 1762. After graduating from the College of William and Mary and studying law in Philadelphia, he began practicing law in Virginia. When the Revolutionary War began, Washington joined the army on the patriot side, serving as a private. After the war, he served on the Virginia delegate group to ratify the US Constitution. A learned jurist, Washington was appointed an associate justice to the US Supreme Court in 1798. After the deaths of George and Martha Washington, Bushrod Washington inherited the mansion and 400 acres of the Mount Vernon estate. Justice Washington had no children, and remained on the US Supreme Court until his death on November 26, 1829.