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William Brent (17751848)


In 1826 Bushrod Washington asked Brent for court documents regarding the estate of George Washington.


William Brent, a nephew of Archbishop John Carroll, was born in 1775 in Aquia, Stafford County, Virginia. He held several positions in Washington, D.C., including member of the municipal council, colonel of militia, and temporary secretary to President Thomas Jefferson. In 1805 he became clerk of the Circuit Court for the District of Columbia, a post he would hold for thirty-eight years. Brent married twice: to Catherine Walker Johnson (c.


"To Thomas Jefferson from William Brent, 11 March 1801," Founders Online, National Archives, [Original source: The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 33, 17 February–30 April 1801, ed. Barbara B. Oberg. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006, pp. 241–242.]

Anne Field, "Descendants of Thomas Col. William Brent, 1774-1848."

Property Agreements Washington, DC, Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

Baltimore Sun, 16 December 1848, page 4, column 1 (

William Brent at Anne Healy's Genealogy.

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