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COBB, Howell, lawyer, born in Savannah, Georgia, in 1795. After serving an apprenticeship to a printer, he engaged in teaching in Perry, Houston county, till, in 1827, he was admitted to the bar and also became a preacher in the Methodist church. In 1830 he was a state senator, and soon afterward he established the "Cherokee Gazette," the first paper printed in the Cherokee district after it came under the jurisdiction of the state. He was a presidential elector in 1836, and cast his vote for Hugh L. White. At his instance the Georgia cotton-planters formed a corporate body for improving the culture of that staple. He published a work on legal forms (1845);" Penal Code of Georgia" (Macon, 1850); and a work on the African race.
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