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DICKEY, Theophilus Lyle, jurist, born near Paris, Kentucky, 12 November 1812 ; died in Atlantic City, New Jersey, 22 July 1885. He read law in his native state, removed to Ohio, liberated the slaves that he had inherited, and afterward established himself in practice in Illinois. During the Mexican war he served as a captain in Colonel Hardin's regiment, and in the civil war he was colonel of the llth Illinois cavalry, and served for two years under General Grant. on whose staff he served for some months as chief of cavalry. From 30 July 1868, till the close of President Johnson's administration he was assistant attorney general of the United States. From 1876 till his death he was judge of the Illinois Supreme Court. See General Jas. Grant Wilson's "Sketches of Illinois Officers" (Chicago, 1863).
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