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AVEZAC, Auguste Genevieve Valentin d', lawyer, born in Santo Domingo in 1777; died 15 February 1851. He belonged to a French family settled in Hayti, who were driven from the island and took refuge in the United States in consequence of the uprising of the blacks. He was educated at a military school in France, and afterward studied medicine in North Carolina and practiced in Acco-mac County, Virginia Following the advice of his brother-in-law, Edward Livingston, he obtained admission to the Louisiana bar, after that state was received into the union, and became a successful advocate, especially in criminal cases. In the war of 1812 he served as judge-advocate when General Jackson was in Louisiana, and acted as aide to that general at the battle of New Orleans. In 1829 he received from President Jackson the appointment of secretary of legation at the Hague, and in 1831 acted as charg6 d'affaires. On returning home he took up his residence in New York, and was elected to the legislature of that state in 1841 and in 1843. From 1845 to 1849 he was again charge d'affaires at the Hague. He wrote " Reminiscences of Edward Livingstone."*His uncle, Pierre galentin Dominique Julian d'Avezae, son of Pierre Valen-tin, a French lawyer, who became an enterprising planter in Santo Domingo, was born in Santo Do-mingo in 1769, and removed to New Orleans, where he devoted himself to literary pursuits. He translated Scott's "Marmion" into French, and made the French translation of the penal code of Louisiana. He became president of a College established in New Orleans, and died in 1831.*Jean Pierre Valentin (b. in 1756, died in Santo Domingo in 1803), another son of Pierre Valentin d'Avezac, was a deputy sent from the colony to France in 1790 to oppose the revolutionary movement.
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