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DAVIS, John A. G., jurist, born in Middlesex County, Virginia, in 1801; died in Williamsburg, Virginia, 14 November 1840. He was educated at William and Mary College, practiced law in Albetnarle County, edited a weekly journal at Charlottesville, and in 1830 was chosen professor of law at the University of Virginia. He died from a pistol shot wound at the hands of a refractory student, whom he was endeavoring to arrest under the University laws. Among his publications are a treatise on "f]states Tail, Executory Devises, and Contingent Remainders under the Virginia Statutes modifying the Common Law"; "Treatise on Criminal Law, and Guide to Justices of the Peace" (1838); and a tractate " Against the Constitutional Right of Congress to pass Laws expressly and especially for the Protection of Domestic Manufacturers."
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