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Jones, Thomas Goode (26 November 1844–28 April 1914), lawyer, politician, and judge, was born in Macon, Georgia, the first son of Samuel Goode Jones, a railroad builder and promoter, and Martha Ward Goode Jones; his parents were cousins. At the age of five he was brought by his family to Montgomery, Alabama. Educated there by private tutors, he then attended preparatory schools in Virginia prior to enrolling in the fall of 1860 at the Virginia Military Institute....

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Kent, Edward (08 January 1802–19 May 1877), lawyer, politician, and judge, was born in Concord, New Hampshire, the son of William Austin Kent, a well-to-do merchant and politician, and Charlotte Mellen. After graduating with honors from Harvard University in 1821, Kent studied law briefly with Chancellor ...

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William Lewis Sharkey. Engraving by A. H. Ritchie c. 1850–1860. Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LC-USZ62-106665).

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Sharkey, William Lewis (12 July 1798–30 March 1873), Mississippi chief justice and politician, was born near Muscle Shoals in Holston Valley, East Tennessee, the son of Patrick Sharkey, a farmer, and his wife, the daughter of Robert Rhodes, a frontiersman. At the age of six he moved with his family to a Warren County, Mississippi, farm. His parents died during his youth, after which he took over the responsibility of providing for himself and his orphaned brothers. He joined the American forces during the War of 1812 and served under ...

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Yates, Joseph C. (09 November 1768–19 March 1837), politician and judge, was born in Schenectady, New York, the son of Christopher Yates, a merchant and veteran of the French and Indian and revolutionary wars, and Jane Bradt. He was educated by a number of tutors and ad hoc schools that basically served as the equivalent of a college education. It was sufficient to allow him to undertake the required three-year legal clerkship with a cousin of his father, Albany attorney Peter W. Yates. Admitted to the bar in 1791, he returned to practice in Schenectady, and his excellent family connections helped him to prosper. Active in civic affairs, he helped found Union College, for which he was one of the first trustees. He was married three times: to Ann Ellice, with whom he had no children; to Maria Kane, with whom he had one daughter; and to Ann Elizabeth Delancy, with whom he had two daughters....