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JACKSON, Howell Edmunds, jurist, born in Paris, Tennessee, 8 April, 1832. In 1840 he removed with his parents to Jackson, Tennessee, was graduated at the West Tennessee college in 1848, and then passed two years in the University of Virginia. In 1856 he was graduated at the Lebanon law school, and began practice at Jackson. In 1859 he removed to Memphis, and was twice appointed a judge of the state supreme court. He returned to Jackson in 1876, and was elected a representative in the legislature in 1880. He was elected United States senator from Tennessee for the term beginning 4 March, 1881, but resigned in 1886, and in March of that year was appointed by President Cleveland United States district judge for the western district of Tennessee.--His brother, William Hicks, soldier, born in Paris, Tennessee, 7 October, 1835, was graduated at the United States military academy in 1856, and assigned to the mounted riflemen. He served at the cavalry school, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in 1856-'7, and afterward, among other services, was engaged in a skirmish with the Kiowa Indians near Fort Craig, New Mexico, 7 December, 1857, in scouting in the Navajo country in 1859 and in the Comanche and Kiowa expedition in 1860. He resigned, 16 May, 1861, and entered the Confederate army. During the civil war he served in the southwest, fought against Grant at Vicksburg and Sherman at Atlanta, and attained the rank of brigadier-general. Since the war he has been mainly engaged in stock-raising, and is the proprietor of the Belie Meade stock farm, in the blue-grass region of Tennessee.
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