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DOOLY, John Mitchell, lawyer, born in Lincoln County, Georgia, about 1772; died there, 26 May 1827. Little is known of his early life, or the time at which he was admitted to "the bar. He was appointed solicitor general of the Western circuit of Georgia, 2 September 1802, to fill a vacancy, and on 22 November 1804, was elected to the same office by the legislature. In 1816 he was elected judge of the same circuit, and in 1822 chosen first judge of the Northern circuit, to which latter place he was reelected in 1825. He also represented his County in the legislature during the embargo and other restrictive measures adopted by the general government, and the war with Great Britain, successfully advocating the "alleviating," " thirding," and " stop" laws then passed. It is chiefly as a wit that Judge Dooly is still remembered. He was quick and brilliant in repartee and, when provoked, would launch at his adversary the most biting sarcasm. But, notwithstanding this powerful weapon with which nature had furnished him, he was a genial companion, and utterly unselfish. The reports of his wise and witty sayings, handed down by tradition, have kept the bench and bar of Georgia supplied with anecdotes for a half century.
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