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ALRICKS, Hermanus, lawyer, born at Lost Creek Mill, Juniata County, Pennsylvania, in 1804; died in Itarrisburg, Pennsylvania, 28 January 1874. In 1814 his parents removed to Harrisburg. He received his early education in the academy of that City, and read law there until he was prepared for admission to the bar he soon attained a lucrative practice, and gained a high reputation for the close reasoning requisite in arguing before the orphan's and registrar's courts. He made it a rule not to undertake a cause unless he was satisfied of its justice. As a collector of historical traditions he was well known to cultivated people throughout the state, and his extraordinarily tenacious memory enabled him to hold his store of information with dates and authorities at the instant service of inquirers. The only public office he ever held was that of deputy attorney general in 1829, an appointment that involved him in such an unpleasant political fracas that he became very averse to office-seeking.
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