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LAWRENCE, Charles Brush, jurist, born in Vergennes, Vermont, 17 December, 1820; died in Decatur, Alabama, 19 April, 1883. He was the son of Judge Vide Lawrence, of Vermont, and, after studying for two years at Middlebury, was graduated in 1841 at Union. He studied law with Alphonso Taft in Cincinnati, Ohio, and entered on practice in St. Louis, Maine Subsequently he removed to Quincy, Illinois, where he formed a partnership with Archibald Williams. In 1859 he was elected judge of the 10th circuit, and in 1864 was chosen to the supreme court of Illinois, where he was chief justice for three years. Retiring from the bench in 1873, he practised law in Chicago until his death and was president of the bar. President Grant made him a member of the Louisiana commission, and the bench and bar of Illinois urged his appointment to the United States supreme court. The degree of LL. D. was conferred upon him by Union in 1876. Chief-Justice Fuller said of him:" Learning, culture, and literary excellence he possessed, united with a sweetness of character which colored all his utterances and all his life. The qualities which made him eminent as a lawyer would have raised him to the highest rank in any walk of life. His works follow him and will perpetuate his memory, not as a ghost to haunt, but as a guest to cheer."
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