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HANNA, William Brantly, jurist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 23 November, 1835. He was graduated in 1853 from the Central high school of Philadelphia, studied law with his father and in the University of Pennsylvania, and was admitted to the bar in 1857. He was assistant district attorney of Philadelphia for several years, and from 1867 till 1874 served in the councils of the city. In 1872 he was elected a member of the Constitutional convention of the state, in which body he served until its adjournment. In 1874 he was elected one of the three first judges of the orphans' court of Philadelphia, which had been established under the new constitution, and in 1878 was commissioned to be the first president judge of this court. In 1884, as the candidate of both the Republican and Democratic parties, he was re-elected to this office for a term of ten years by a practically unanimous vote. He is president of the corporation of the Hahnemann medical college and hospital of Philadelphia, and was for some years president of the trustees of the Baptist orphanage. In June, 1885, Bucknell university, at Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, conferred upon him the degree of D. C. L.
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