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COLLINS, Thomas Wharton, jurist, born in New Orleans, 23 June, 1812; died 3 November, 1879. He became a printer, then an editor, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1833, was reporter and clerk of the state senate in 1834, then edited the "True American," was clerk of the United States court in 1836-'8, district attorney for the Orleans district in 1840-'2, judge of the City court in 1842-'6, a member of the constitutional convention in 1852, and in 1856 was elected judge of the first district court of New Orleans. At the close of the war he resumed the practice of law in New Orleans, and in 1867 was made judge of the seventh district court, which office he held until the court was abolished, when he returned to legal practice. He was the author of a tragedy called "The Martyr Patriots." which was successfully performed; also of "Humanics" (1860), "The Eden of Labor," and essays on sociology, ethics, and politics, published in periodicals.
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