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JAMESON, John Alexander, jurist, born in Irasburg, Vermont, 25 January, 1824. He was graduated at the University of Vermont in 1846, and was tutor there in 1850-'3. He then studied law, began practice in Freeport, Illinois, in 1853, and settled in Chicago in April. 1856. In November, 1865, he became judge of the superior court of that city (now the superior court of Cook county), and continued on the bench till November, 1883. He was professor of constitutional law, equity, and jurisprudence in the law school of the University of Chicago from 1867 till 1868, when he resigned, and was for many years assistant editor of the "American Law Register," published in Philadelphia. He is the author of "The Constitutional Convention, its History, Powers, and Modes of Proceeding" (New York, 1867; 4th ed., 1887). He had prepared materials for a "Treatise on the Law of Judicial Sales," which were destroyed in the Chicago fire.
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