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McMILLAN, Samuel James Renwick, jurist, born in Brownsville, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, 22 February, 1826. In early years he removed to Pittsburg, and was graduated in 1846 at Duquesne college in that city. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1849, and began to practise in Stillwater, Minnesota, in 1852. In 1856 he removed to St. Paul, practising there until, in 1857, the state government of Minnesota was formed, when he was made judge of the 1st judicial circuit. In 1864 he was appointed justice of the state supreme court to fill a vacancy, and in the same year elected to that office for a full term of seven years, being re-elected in 1871. In 1874 he was appointed chief justice of the supreme court to fill a vacancy, and was subsequently elected for a full term. He was chosen to the United States senate as a Republican in 1875, and afterward re-elected for the term that expired 3 March, 1887. His judicial opinions are embraced in " Minnesota Reports" (vols. ix.-xxi., inclusive, St. Paul, 1864-'75).
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