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GILCHRIST, John James, jurist, born in Nedford, Massachusetts, 16 February, 1809; died in Washington, D. C., 29 April, 1858. He was graduated at Harvard in 1828, and studied law with William Briggs in Charlestown, and at the Harvard law-school. After his admission to the bar he settled in Charlestown, New Hampshire, where he practiced in partnership with Governor Henry Hubbard, whose daughter he married. He was a member of the New Hampshire legislature and also register of probate for Sullivan County. In 1840 he was appointed an associate justice of the Supreme Court of New Hampshire, and in 1848 became chief justice. He was appointed one of the justices of the United States court of claims in 1855, and continued in that office until his death. Judge Gilchrist published a "Digest of New Hampshire Reports" (Concord, 1846).
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