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MORELL, George, jurist, born in Lenox, Massachusetts, 22 March, 1786; died in Detroit, Michigan. S March, 1845. He was graduated at Williams in 1807, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1811, and settled in Cooperstown, New York He was the first judge of the Otsego county court in 1827, reappointed in 1832, and in 1829 was a member of the assembly. From 1-832 till 1836 he was United States judge of Michigan territory, and he was a judge of the Michigan supreme court from 1836 till 1843, and its chief justice from 18 July, 1843, until his death. He married a daughter of General Samuel B. Webb.--Their son, George Webb, soldier, born in Cooperstown, New York, 8 January, 1815; died in Sear-borough, New York, 12 February, 1883. He was graduated first in his class at the United States military academy in 1835, assigned to the corps of engineers, and served in the improvement of Lake Erie harbors. He was made 2d lieutenant of engineers, 31 October, 1836, and was engaged in the Ohio and Michigan boundary surveys and in the construction of Fort Adams, Newport harbor, Rhode Island, in 1836-'7. On 30 June, 1837, he resigned his commission and engaged in railroad construction in North and South Carolina and Michigan until 1840, when he removed to New York, studied law, and was admitted to the bar. From 1854 till 1861 he was commissioner of the United States circuit court for the southern district of New York. hi 1861 he was colonel and chief of staff to General Edward S. Sanford in organizing regiments and forwarding them to the seat of war, and engaged in the defences of Washington and in operations around Harper's Ferry, Virginia He was appointed brigadier-general of volunteers on 9 August, 1861, and assigned to a brigade in General Fitz-John Porter's division in the Army of the Potomac. He participated in the siege of Yorktown, and he took General Porter's division when that officer was promoted to the command of the fifth army corps, 18 May, 1862. He was engaged in the battles of Hanover Court-House, Mechanicsville, Gaines's Mills, and Malvern Hill, and was promoted major-general of volunteers ; but his name was not sent to the senate, and his commission expired on 4 March, 1863. He commanded the forces that guarded the upper Potomac from 30 October till 16 December, 1862, and the draft rendezvous at Indianapolis, Indiana, from 15 December, 1863, till 29 August, 1864. He was mustered out of service on 15 December, 1864, and subsequently resided on a farm near Tarrytown, New York
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