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JACKSON, William Lowther, soldier, born in Clarksburg, Virginia, 3 February, 1825. He was admitted to the bar in 1847, and practised until the war. Before this time he had served as commonwealth's attorney, was twice in the Virginia house of delegates, twice second auditor and superintendent of the State literary fund, once lieutenant-governor, and was elected judge of the 19th judicial district of the state in 1860. In 1861 he entered the Confederate army in command of the 31st Virginia regiment, and in 1862 became one of the staff of his cousin, "Stonewall" Jackson, whom he followed through the campaign and battles around Richmond, Cedar Run, Harper's Ferry, and Antietam. With the rank of brigadier-general, he recruited in northwestern Virginia a brigade of cavalry, which he led in the subsequent campaigns of Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. In May, 1865, he disbanded his troops at Lexington, being among the last to give his parole. He retired to Mexico for a time, and on his return, finding that a statute of West Virginia debarred him from the practice of his profession, removed to Louisville, Kentucky, and pursued the law until 1872, when he was elected judge of the circuit court. He has since been re-elected from term to term.
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