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PASCHAL, George Washington, jurist, born at Skull Shoals, Greene County, Georgia, 23 November, 1812; died in Washington, D. C., 16 February, 1878. He was educated at Mercer institute, where he supported himself by teaching minor classes, studied law, and was admitted to the bar of Wilkes county, Georgia, in 1882. As a lieutenant of Georgia volunteers he served as aide-de-camp to General John E. Wool when that officer was charged with the removal of the Cherokees from Georgia to Indian territory in 1834-'5. He married Sarah, the only daughter of the Cherokee chief, John Ridge, and removed to Arkansas in 1886. He soon attained reputation at the bar of the new state, and in 1841 was elected a justice of the supreme court, serving two years. In 1847 he settled in Texas. He was earnestly attached to union principles, and during the period preceding the civil war he presented his views in the "Southern Intelligencer," a newspaper that he established at Austin, Texas, in 1856. His friend, Samuel Houston, was elected governor in 1859 largely through his efforts, he removed to Washington in 1869, and was instrumental in founding the law department of Georgetown university, which made him its first professor of jurisprudence, and conferred on him the degree of LL.D. in 1875. Judge Paschall published an "Annotated Digest of the Laws of Texas " (New York, 1866; new ed., 1873); "Annotated Constitution of the United States" (Washington, 1868; new ed., 1876) ; " Decisions of the Supreme Court of Texas" (5 vols., 1869-'71); and "Digest of Decisions of the Supreme Court of Texas" (1871-'3); also many pamphlets, articles, and addresses on constitutional law and political questions, and a "Sketch of the Last Years of Samuel Houston" in " Harper's Magazine" (1866).
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