Francis Marion BRISTOW, Congress, KY (1804-1864)


BRISTOW, Francis Marion, a Representative from Kentucky; born in Clark County, Ky., August 11, 1804; pursued preparatory studies; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Elkton; member of the State house of representatives 1831-1833; served in the State senate in 1846; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1849; elected as a Whig to the Thirty-third Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Presley Underwood Ewing and served from December 4, 1854, to March 3, 1855; elected as a candidate of the Opposition Party to the Thirty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1859-March 3, 1861); was not a candidate for reelection in 1860; resumed the practice of law; member of the House Committee of Thirty-three appointed by the Speaker in December 1860 to consider proposals to avert the impending disaster and also attended the peace convention of 1861 held in Washington, D.C., in an effort to devise means to prevent the impending war; died in Elkton, Todd County, Ky., June 10, 1864; interment in the family burying ground.


Webb, Ross A. “Francis Marion Bristow, A Study in Unionism.” Filson Club History Quarterly 37 (April 1963): 142-58.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present