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MANNING, Randolph, jurist, born in Plainfield, New Jersey, 19 May, 1804 ; died in Pontiac, Michigan, 31 August, 1864. His ancestor, Jeffrey Manning, settled in New Jersey as early as 1676. He studied law in New York city, where he was admitted to the bar. In 1832 he removed to Michigan, where he settled at Pontiac and engaged in the practice of the law. In 1835 he was a delegate to the 1st Constitutional convention of the state, was chosen state senator in 1837, and from 1838 till 1840 held the office of secretary of state, in 1842 he was chosen chancellor of the state, which office he resigned in 1846 to resume the practice of the law. At the organization of the supreme court of the state in 1858 he was chosen an associate justice, and held the office until his death. In politics he was a Democrat until 1854, after that a Republican.
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