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DANIEL, William, jurist, born in Cumberland County, Virginia, in 1770; died in Lynchburg, Virginia, 20 November 1839. He was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, and gained reputation as an orator by his defense of the "Resolutions of '98." He became circuit judge and ex-officio member of the old general court of Virginia. His judicial opinions are high authority, and some of his sayings are proverbial in his neighborhood.--His son, William, jurist, born in Winchester, Virginia, 26 November 1806; died in Lynchburg, Virginia, 28 March 1873, was educated at Hampden Sidney College and at the University of Virginia, and while yet a youth was a lawyer of large practice and wide reputation for eloquence. He was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates before he was of age. He was an elector on the Polk ticket in 1844. He was a judge of the Supreme Court of appeals of Virginia from 1847 till 1865.--His son, John Warwick, senator, born in Lynchburg, Virginia, 5 September 1842, received a classical education, and in May 1861, volunteered in the Confederate army, in which he served throughout the war, rising to be major and adjutant general of Early's division in the Army of Northern Virginia. In 1865-'6 he studied law at the University of Virginia, and soon after entering upon practice gained a high reputation as an advocate. He has published "Attachments" (1869) and "Negotiable Instruments" (1876). He was elected to the state House of Delegates in 1869, and to the state senate in 1875 and 1879. In 1876 he was an elector-at-large on the Tilden and Hendricks ticket, he was nominated for governor, in 1881, by the debt-paying democracy, and resigned from the state senate to accept the nomination, but was defeated by William E. Cameron, the readjusted candidate. On 4 November 1884, he was elected a representative in congress, and on 15 December 1885, was chosen U. S. senator to succeed William Mahone, whose term expires 3 March 1887.
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