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MITCHELL, David Bradie, lawyer, born in Scotland, 22 October, 1766; died in Milledgeville, Georgia, 22 April, 1837. He came to Savannah, Georgia, in 1783, to take possession of property that had been left him by his uncle, David Bradie, who died from close confinement in a prison-ship. After studying law with William Stephens, he was admitted to the bar, and in 1795 elected solicitor-general of Georgia. In 1796 he became a member of the legislature, and in 1804 was appointed major-general of militia. Subsequently he was elected governor of the state, and held that office in 1809-'13 and again in 1815-'17. During the war of 1812 he was vigilant in protecting the state against invasion. On the completion of his term of office as governor he was appointed United States agent to the Creek Indians, with whom, on 22 January, 1818, he concluded a treaty. Governor Mitchell was much interested in the cause of public education.--His grandson, Edward Coppee, lawyer, born in Savannah, Georgia, 24 July, 1836; died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 25 January, 1887. He was educated at Trinity and at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was graduated in 1855, after which he studied law and was admitted in 1858 to the Philadelphia bar. In 1873 he was chosen professor of the law of real estate, conveyancing, and equity jurisprudence in the University of Pennsylvania, and from 1874 until his death he was dean of its law department. From 1877 he was also a vice-provost of the Law academy of Philadelphia. In his knowledge of the law of real estate he stood at the head of his profession in Pennsylvania. He was a member of the state board of charities, and from 1884 till 1887 of the Fairmount park commission. In 1876 he received the degree of LL. D. from Hobart college. He was the author of "Separate Use in Pennsylvania" (Philadelphia, 1875); "Contracts for the Sale of Lands in Pennsylvania" (1877); and "The Equitable Relation of the Buyer and Seller of Land under Contract and before Conveyance," two lectures delivered before the Law academy (1877). Also, he edited "Tudor's Leading Cases" (1884).
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