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PAXON, Edward M., jurist, born in Buckingham, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 3 September, 1824. His paternal ancestors came from Bycot House, Bucks County, England, in 1682, and settled in Pennsylvania. He received his education in Quaker schools. In 1843, in connection with Samuel D. Ingham and Dr. Phineas Jenks, he founded the Bucks county agricultural society. In 1843 he published and edited the " Newtown Journal," and later he was editor of the " Daily News" in Philadelphia. He afterward studied law, was admitted to the bar in his native county in 1850, and subsequently removed to Philadelphia, where he attained reputation. In 1869 he became judge of the court of common pleas of Philadelphia, and in 1874 was elected judge of the supreme court of Pennsylvania for a term of twenty-one years, and on 1 January, 1889, he will become chief justice by seniority of commission. He has edited " The Collection Laws of the Several States and the District of Columbia" (Philadelphia, 1855) and " Memoirs of the Johnson Family," printed privately (1855), contributed anonymously to newspapers and magazines, and delivered numerous agricultural, historical, and other addresses.
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