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LOMAX, John Tayloe, jurist, born in Port Tobago, Caroline County, Virginia, in January, 1781; died in Fredericksburg, Virginia, 10 October, 1862. He was graduated at St. John's college, Annapolis, in 1797, studied law, and began practice at Port Royal, Virginia He removed to Fredericksburg in 1805, and in 1809 to Menokin, Richmond County, Virginia, where he remained nine years. In 1818 he returned to Fredericksburg, and in 1826 was appointed professor of the school of law in the University of Virginia. He resigned that office in 1830 to accept a seat on the bench of the general court of the state as associate justice, to which he was unanimously elected by the legislature. Under the constitution of 1851 he was again chosen for a term of eight, years by vote of the people of the circuit. The convention that framed this constitution had adopted a clause disqualifying any person over seventy years of age from holding the office of judge; but at the request of members of the bar this provision was cancelled so as not to exclude Judge Lomax. He continued on the bench until 1857, when he retired to private life. He received the degree of LL.D. from Harvard in 1847. He is the author of a " Digest of the Laws respecting Real Property generally Adopted and in Use in the United States" (3 vols., Philadelphia, 1839; 2d ed., revised and enlarged, Richmond, 1856), and a "Treatise on the Law of Executors and Administrators generally in Use in the United States" (2 vols., 1841 ; 2d ed., Richmond, 1856).
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