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MAXWELL, Augustus Emmet, jurist, born in Elberton, Georgia, 21 September, 1820. After his graduation at the University of Virginia in 1841, he studied law, was admitted to the bar, and began to practise in Tallahassee, Florida He was a member of the Florida house of representatives in 1847, secretary of state in 1848, and state senator in 1849. He was then elected to congress from Florida as a Democrat, serving from 5 December, 1853, till 3 March, 1857, and from that date until 1861 he was navy agent at Pensacola. From 22 February, 1862, till the end of the civil war he was a Confederate senator. In 1866 he was made president of the Pensacola and Montgomery railroad, and in the same year a jus-rice of the state supreme court, but held office only a short time. He became judge of the first circuit of Florida in 1877, and chief justice in 1887.
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