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LARRABEE, Charles Hathaway, jurist, born in Rome, New York, 9 November, 1820; died in Tehachapi Pass, California, 20 January, 1883. He was taken to Ohio when a child, educated at Granville college (now Denison university), read law, then engaged in civil engineering, aiding in the construction Of the Little Miami railroad, the earliest work of the kind in Ohio, removed to Pontotoc, Mississippi, was there admitted to the bar, and was an unsuccessful candidate for the legislature. Removing to Chicago, Illinois, in 1844, he edited the " Democratic Advocate," was city attorney in 1846, and in 1847 founded Horicon, Wisconsin, where he erected mills for utilizing the water-power at that place, he was a delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1847, in which body he effectively advocated the homestead exemption clause, and judge of the Wisconsin supreme court from 1848 till 1858, when he resigned, and was elected to congress as a Democrat, serving from 5 December, 1859, till 3 March, 1861. His prompt and energetic support of the National government did much to promote the enrolment of volunteers among the Democrats of Wisconsin. In April, 1861, he raised a company in the 1st Wisconsin regiment, was commissioned lieutenant, and in the following month appointed major of the 5th Wisconsin infantry, he served through the peninsular campaign, and was in General Winfield S. Hancock's brigade at Lewinsville, Lee's Mills, and Williamsburg, where he took part in a brilliant bayonet charge. He was appointed colonel of the 24th Wisconsin in August, 1862, fought with credit in General Philip Sheridan's division at Perryville, and served in the Army of the Tennessee and that of the Cumberland till 27 August, 1863, when he resigned on account of failing health and entered the invalid corps. He removed to California in the spring of 1864, practised law at Salem, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington territory, and finally settled at San Bernardino, California
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