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PAINE, Byron, jurist, born in Painesville, Ohio, 10 October, 1827" died in Madison, Wisconsin, 13 January, 1871. His great-grandfather, Edward, founded Painesville in 1800, and his father, James Harvey, held the rank of general of Ohio militia, and was an early anti-slavery champion. The son studied in Painesville academy and in 1849 was admitted to the bar of Milwaukee, whither his father removed in 1847. He was judge of the Milwaukee county court from 1856 till 1859, and associate justice of the state supreme court from 1859 till 1864. He attracted much attention in 1854 as defendant for Sherman M. Booth in his trial for aiding in the rescue of Joseph Glover, a fugitive slave, who had been captured by his master and confined in the Milwaukee jail. In after-years Judge Paine was active in establishing the right of negro suffrage. He entered the National army as lieutenant-colonel of the 43d Wisconsin infantry on 10 August, 1864, and served till he was mustered out on 27 November, 1865. From 1867 until his death he was an associate justice of the supreme court of Wisconsin, and from 1868 till 1871 was professor of law in the University of Wisconsin, from which institution he received the degree of LL.D. in 1869.
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