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MITCHELL, James Tyndale, jurist, born in Belleville, Illinois, 9 November, 1834. He was graduated at Harvard in 1.855 and at the law department of the University of Pennsylvania in 1857, was admitted to the bar in Philadelphia, where he was soon afterward chosen assistant city solicitor, and held the office three years. From 1861 till 1887 he edited the "American Law Register." In 1871 he was elected a judge of the district court of Philadelphia, and in 1875, under the new constitution, he was transferred to the bench of the court of common ]?leas, which place he still (1888) holds, having been re-elected in 1881 by the unanimous request of both political parties. Under a resolution of the legislature, he was appointed by Governor Robert E. Pattison one of three commissioners to report what acts of the Colonial assembly have not been printed, and made a report in 1886 which led to the act of 1887 authorizing their publication under the direction of the commissioners. He is a vice-provost of the Law academy of Philadelphia and president of the council of the Pennsylvania historical society. In 1872 he received the degree of LL. D. from Jefferson medical college. He has edited "Williams on Real Property" (Philadelphia, 1872), and is the author of "A History of the District Court" (1875), and of " Mitchell on Motions and Rules" (1879).
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