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CARLETON, Henry, jurist, born in Virginia in 1785; died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 28 March, 1803. He was originally named Henry Carleton Coxe. He was graduated at Yale in 1806, removed to Mississippi, and finally established himself in New Or- 526 CARLETON CARLIN Jeans in 1814. He served as a lieutenant of infantry under General Jackson in the campaign that terminated 8 January, 1815, and then actively engaged in the profession of law. Soon afterward, in connection with Mr. L. Moreau, he began the translation of those portions of " Las Siete Partidas," a celebrated Spanish code of laws, that were observed in Louisiana. He became United States district attorney for the eastern district of Louisiana in 1832, and was subsequently appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of the same state, but resigned in 1839 on account of ill health. After extended travels in Europe and in this country he settled in Philadelphia, where he devoted much attention to biblical, theological, and metaphysical studies. Notwithstanding his early life in the south and the exposure of his property to confiscation by the confederates, he adhered steadfastly to the Union during the civil war. He published" Liberty and Necessity (Phila- delphia, 1857), and read an "Essay on the Will" before the American philosophical society a few days before his death.
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