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DUNLOP, James, lawyer, born in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, in 1795; died in Baltimore, Maryland, 9 April 1856. He was graduated at Dickinson College in 1812, studied law, and became prominent in his profession. He was a member of the state senate in 1825, and was twice in the lower house of the legislature subsequent to that time. He was a delegate to the State constitutional convention of 1838, removed in that year to Pittsburgh, and in 1855 to Philadelphia. Mr. Dunlop was a tireless student, and was noted for his caustic wit. Though a formidable opponent;, he was very courteous in manner. He was opposed to slavery, and often aided fugitives to escape, once buying a Negro and setting him free. He died of paralysis while on a visit to Baltimore. He published "Laws of Pennsylvania in 17001853," chronologically arranged, with notes and references to decisions of the Supreme Court (3d ed., Philadelphia, 1853)" "Digest of the General Laws of the United States" (1856); and wrote an elaborate essay on the "Boundaries of Pennsylvania and Maryland," in vol. i. of the State historical society's collections.
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