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HILLYER, Junius, jurist, born in Wilkes county, Georgia, 23 April, 1807; died in Decatur, Georgia, 21 June, 1886. He was graduated at, the state university at Athens in 1828, studied law while in college, and was admitted to the bar a few days after his graduation. He began practice at Athens, and in 1834 was elected by the legislature solicitor-general of the western judicial circuit of his state. In 1841 he was elected judge of that circuit, which office he retained for four years. He was then elected to congress, and served from 1 December, 1851, till 3 March, 1855. He was solicitor of the United States treasury from 1 December, 1857, till 13 February, 1861, when he resigned on the passage by Georgia of an ordinance of secession. After this he took no active part in public affairs.--His brother, JOHN F., born 25 May, 1805, organized Gonzales (Texas) college, of which he was the first president.--Another brother, SHALER GRANBY, clergyman, born 20 June, 1809, was president and professor of Monroe (Georgia) female college from 1867 till 1881.
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