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GREGG, James, lawyer, born in Marion district, South Carolina, 4 July, 1787 ; died 24 October, 1852. He was educated at St. David's academy, Long Bluff (now Society Hill), and at the University of South Carolina, where he was graduated with the highest honors in 1808. He was subsequently a tutor in the University, and was professor of mathematics pro tempore in the same institution for seven or eight months in 1811. He was admitted to the bar in Columbia in April, 1813, and soon attained note in his profession. Mr. Gregg was chosen intendant of Columbia in 1816, elected to the general assembly of the state in 1822, and served till 1830, when fie was elected to the senate, of which he continued a member until 1847. He was also active in state military matters, and became colonel of the 23d militia regiment in November, 1829. --His son, Maxey, soldier, born in Columbia, South Carolina, in 1814; died near Fredericksburg, Virginia. 13 December 1862, was graduated at the College of South Carolina in 1836, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1839. He was appointed major of the 12th infantry, 24 March, 1847, and served till the close of the Mexican war. He was a member of the South Carolina state convention in 1861, and of the committee that prepared the ordinance of secession. In the civil war he commanded the 1st South Carolina regiment, and was afterward made a brigadier-general. He distinguished himself in several engagements in Virginia, and was killed at the battle of Fredericksburg.
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