Robert Trimble was born in 1777 in Virginia, moved with his family, at the age of three years, to Kentucky. He was self schooled, studied law and received his license to practice in 1803, being elected to the legislature in the same year. In 1808 he was appointed to the Court of Appeals as a second judge, then in 1810 as Chief Justice to the State of Kentucky. In 1813 became a United States district attorney and in 1816 a district judge for the state of Kentucky. He served the state as district judge until 1826, when he was appointed by President John Quincy Adams as a Justice to the Supreme court, in Washington. He was highly respected by his colleagues, and lamented by friends and colleagues when he died at age 52 in 1828. Trimble county was name for him eight years later. " It was established by an act of the Kentucky General Assembly in December 1836."