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COLLIER, James, lawyer, born in 1789" died in Steubenville, Ohio, 2 February, I873. He was a soldier in the war of 1812, and fought at Queenstown, where he assisted in forming the first American line on the Canadian side. After the war he removed to Steubenville, where he practiced law with distinction and served as paymaster-general of the state. When the question arose as to the boundary-line between Virginia and Ohio, he, with Thomas Ewing and John Brough, represented the latter state in the joint high commission that settled the dispute. In 1849 he was appointed collector for California, and went there overland, fighting his way through hostile Indians with a small company of dragoons. When he had reached his destination he was the only officer there, and for some time he acted as military governor.
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