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BATTLE, William Horn, jurist, born in Edgecombe County, North Carolina, 17 October 1802 ; died at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 17 March 1879. He was graduated at the University of North Carolina in 1820, with high honors, studied law under Chief-Justice Henderson, and after admission to the bar opened an office in Louisburg. He represented Franklin County in the house of commons in 1833-'4. In 1835 he was associated with Governor Iredell and Judge Nash in preparing a revision of the statutes of North Carolina, and personally superintended the printing of the work in Boston. In 1839 he was a delegate to the convention that nominated William Henry Harrison for the presidency. He received the appointment of associate judge of the superior court, was elected to the professorship of law in the state University in 1845, and held the chair until the failure of the institution in 1871. In 1852 he became associate judge of the Supreme Court of his state, and so remained until 1868. In 1872-'3 he made a second revision of the statutes, but did it alone, and it failed to attain to the rank of the previous one.
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