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CROSS, George Dilwyn, jurist, born in Westerly, Rhode Island., 24 January 1799; died there, 1 October 1872. He was educated at a private school in Lebanon, Connecticut, and entered public life in 1821. He served six terms in the general assembly, was state senator in 1826-'35 and 1848-'50, chief justice of the court of common pleas for Washington County in 1837-'49, and in 1840 was one of the commissioners for fixing the boundary line between Connecticut and Rhode Island. In 1842, and again in 1853, he was elected a member of the conventions to amend the state constitution. He held many offices of honor and trust in his native town, interesting himself especially in the matter of free schools.
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