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LUCAS, John Baptiste Charles, jurist, born in Normandy, France, in 1762; died in St. Louis, Missouri, 17 August, 1842. He studied law in the University of Caen, where he was graduated as D. C. L. in 1782, and after practising his profession in his native land came to the United States in 1784 and settled on a farm near Pittsburg, Pennsylvania He served in the Pennsylvania legislature in 1792-'8, was made a judge of the court of common pleas in 1794, and in 1802 was elected to congress as a Democrat. He was re-elected in 1804, but resigned before taking his seat, and removed to St. Louis, as he had been appointed judge of the United States court for the northern district of Louisiana. He was also a member of the commission for the adjustment of land-titles in that territory from 1805 till the dissolution of the commission in 1812. After his retirement from the bench, Judge Lucas resided on a farm near St. Louis till his death.
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