John Christian Bullitt
name = John Christian Bullitt
image_size = 200px
caption = Statue of John Christian Bullitt on the South Plaza of
Philadelphia City Hall
birth_date = 1824
death_date = 1902
residence = Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
nationality = American
known_for = founding
Drinker Biddle & Reath, drafting Philadelphia's city charter
spouse = Therese Langhorne
John Christian Bullitt (1824-1902) was a prominent
lawyerand civic figure in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He founded the law firmknown today as Drinker Biddle & Reath, and drafted the modern city charterof Philadelphia.
Bullitt was born to a prominent
Kentuckyfamily in 1824. His family had a political background: his grandfather, Alexander S. Bullitt, was President of Kentucky’s first Constitutional Convention, and his father, William C. Bullitt (a slave owner), was a member of Kentucky’s Constitutional Convention of 1850.
Centre Collegeand moved to Philadelphia in 1849, on the advice of Secretary of State and future President James Buchanan, whom he had met on a tour in Washington, D.C.It was in Philadelphia that Bullitt began his legal practice. One of his earliest clients was the Bank of Kentucky. Bullitt and his law partner, Samuel Dickson, soon created one of the most successful and lucrative law offices in the city. Bullitt would later represent financier Jay Cookein the aftermath of the Panic of 1873.
Bullitt served as a delegate to the Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention of 1873, and in 1885 drafted the "Bullitt Bill", which would become the Philadelphia City Charter two years later. He also founded the Fourth Street National Bank in 1886.
He would continue his legal practice until his death in 1902. His grandson,
William Christian Bullitt, Jr., would become the United States Ambassador to the Soviet Union.
* [http://www.hsp.org/files/findingaid1903furnessbullitt.pdf Furness/Bullitt Family Papers, from the Pennsylvania Historical Society]
* [http://www.drinkerbiddle.com/about/history/ History of Drinker, Biddle & Reath]
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