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George Augustus BICKNELL


BICKNELL, George Augustus, a Representative from Indiana; born in Philadelphia, Pa., February 6, 1815; was graduated from the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia in 1831; attended Yale Law School one year; completed the study of law; was admitted to the bar in 1836 and commenced practice in New York City; moved to Lexington, Scott County, Ind., in 1846; elected prosecuting attorney of Scott County in 1848; circuit prosecutor in 1850; moved to New Albany in 1851; judge of the second judicial circuit of Indiana 1852-1876; professor of law at the University of Indiana 1861-1870; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fifth and Forty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1877-March 3, 1881); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1880; appointed commissioner of appeals in the supreme court of Indiana in 1881, which office he held until the completion of its work in 1885; resumed the practice of law; elected judge of the circuit court of Indiana in 1889 and held that office until his death, April 11, 1891, in New Albany, Floyd County, Ind.; interment in Fairview Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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