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GEORGE, James Zachariah, senator, born in Monroe County, Georgia, 20 October, 1826. He lost his father in infancy, and his mother removed, when he was eight years of age, to Noxubee County, Mississippi, where he was educated in the common schools. He served as a private in the 1st Mississippi volunteers, commanded by Jefferson Davis, during the Mexican war, and was at the battle of Monterey. On his return he studied law, was admitted to the bar, and in 1854 elected reporter of the high court of errors and appeals. He was re-elected in 1860. He served as a member of the state convention that passed the ordinance of secession, which he voted for and signed. He was a captain in the 20th Mississippi volunteers in the Confederate army, and subsequently colonel of the 5th Mississippi cavalry. He was also appointed a brigadier-general of militia. He was chairman of the Democratic state executive committee, 1875-'6. was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of the state in 1879, and afterward elected chief justice. The latter office he resigned in February, 1881, to take his seat in the United States senate. His term expired 3 March, 1887. Judge George prepared and published ten volumes of the decisions of the court of which he was the official reporter, and subsequently issued a digest of all the decisions from the admission of Mississippi into the Union to and including the year 1870.
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