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APPLETON, John, jurist, born in New Ipswich, New Hampshire, 12 July, 1804. He is the nephew of Jesse Appleton (vol. i., p. 84). After his graduation at Bowdoin in 1822, he taught, studied law, was admitted to the bar, and in 1832 settled in Bangor, Maine He was reporter of decisions in 1841, in 1852 was appointed a justice of the state supreme court, and in 1862-'83 was chief justice. Bowdoin gave him the degree of LL. D. in 1860. Judge Appleton published two volumes of "Reports" (Hallowell, 1841) and "The Rules of Evidence, Stated and Discussed" (Philadelphia, 1860).--His son, John Francis, soldier, born in Bangor, Maine, 29 August, 1839; died there, 31 August, 1871, was graduated at Bowdoin in 1860, and at the beginning of the civil war raised and commanded a company in the 12th Maine volunteers. He was commissioned colonel of the 81st United States colored troops, served in the Department of the Gulf, and was brevetted brigadier-general of volunteers on 13 March, 1865. Subsequently he studied law, was admitted to the bar of Maine, and appointed United States judge for the district of eastern Texas, but declined.
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