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GAYLE, John, statesman, born in Sumter district, South Carolina, 11 September, 1792: died in Mobile, Alabama, in July, 1859. He was graduated at the University of South Carolina, studied law and was admitted to the bar. In 1813 he removed to Mobile, where he began to practise his profession, fie was a member of the territorial legislature in 1817, solicitor of the 1st judicial district in 1819, judge of the state Supreme Court in 1823, a member of the state House of Representatives, and its speaker in 1829. From 1831 till 1835 he served as governor of Alabama. He was a presidential elector in 1836 and in 1840. He was afterward elected to congress as a Whig, and served in 1847-'9. He became judge of the United States district court of Alabama in 1849. He had brilliant talents but irregular habits.
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