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HALL, Samuel, jurist, born in Somerset county, Maryland, 1 June, 1797; died in Princeton, Indiana, about 1855. He removed with his family to Jefferson county, Kentucky, in 1805, and received no early education. In 1815 he went to Princeton, Gibson County, Indiana, and obtained a situation in a country store. Subsequently he wrote in the office of the clerk of the circuit court, and devoted his leisure to the study of law. He was licensed in 1820, and afterward made attorney and councillor of law in the supreme court of Indiana and in the district court of the United States. He was elected to the legislature in 1829, and re-elected for a second term, being appointed chairman of the judiciary committee, in which capacity he introduced many reforms. He was elected judge of the 4th judicial circuit in 1832, but resigned in 1834. In 1836 the state of Indiana engaged in schemes of internal improvement which would have cost $30,000,000. A board of public works was created in 1837 by the general assembly, and Judge Hall was elected one of its nine members. He endeavored to check the extravagant appropriations, but, failing in this purpose, resigned his office after seven months' service. He was lieutenant-governor of the state in 1840-'3, was appointed one of the vice presidents of the Whig convention at Nashville in 1840, and of the Baltimore convention in 1844, and was a delegate to the State constitutional convention of 1850.
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