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MINOR, Lucian, writer, born in Louisa county, Virginia, in 1802; died in Williamsburg, Virginia, in 1858. He was graduated in law at William and Mary in 1823, and was commonwealth attorney for Louisa county, Virginia, from 1828 till 1852. In 1855 he was elected professor of law in William and Mary, which chair he filled till his death. He was a strong advocate of temperance, and published many addresses and contributed to periodicals. He is the author of part of John A. G. Davis's "Guide to Justices" (1838), and added notes to Daniel Call's "Virginia Reports." He also condensed the four volumes of Hening and Mumford's " Reports" into one, adding subsequent decisions and enactments, and wrote a tract, "Reasons for Abolishing the Liquor Traffic," which had a sale of 30,000. His interesting notes of travel in New England were published under the supervision of James Russell Lowell in the "Atlantic Monthly" after his death.--His brother, John Barbee, lawyer, born in Louisa county, Virginia, 2 June, 1818, was educated at Kenyon college, Ohio, and at the University of Virginia, where he was graduated in law in 1834. He was professor of law in the University of Virginia from 1845 till 1854, and then, upon the introduction of another professor into the department, assumed the chair of common and statute law, which he now (1888) holds. He is the author of "The Virginia Report of 1799-1800" (Richmond, 1850); "Synopsis of the Law of Crimes and Punishments" (1869) ; and "Institutes of Common and Statute Law" (1875).
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