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YERGER, George Shall, lawyer, born in Hagerstown, Maryland, 23 August, 1801; died in Bolivar county, Mississippi, 20 April, 1860. His father, who was of German origin, emigrated to the neighborhood of Lebanon, Tennessee, in 1816. There George obtained a fair education, studied law, and was admitted to the bar. He settled in Nashville, was for many years reporter of the decisions of the supreme court of Tennessee, and was elected attorney-general of the state. After attaining a wide reputation he removed to Vicksburg, Mississippi, in 1839, and took rank among the chief lawyers of that locality. In 1844 he changed his residence to Jackson, Mississippi, where he practised his profession until his death. In the latter city he appeared chiefly in the high court, confining himself to cases arising out of the violations of commercial law, and the discussion of questions of equity. An exception to this rule was his defence of General Daniel Adams, who killed his antagonist in a personal encounter in the streets of Vicksburg in 1844. In politics Mr. Yerger was a stanch advocate of the principles of the Whig party, and in the canvasses of 1840-'4 took an active part in support of its candidates for the presidency, but never sought nor filled any public office. While engaged in a deer-hunt, Mr. Yerger shot a large buck, and had just run up to secure him, when he fell dead, from heart-disease, upon the dying stag. He published "Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee, December, 1818, to December, 1837" (10 vols.. Nashville, 1832-'8).
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