Biography of George Washington Paschal

PASCHAL, George Washington, jurist, was born in Skull Shoals, Greene county, Ga., Nov. 23, 1812, probably of Hebrew origin. He was admitted to the bar in 1832, and practised in Wilkes county, Ga., 1832-36. He was a lieutenant in the volunteer service, engaged in the removal of the Cherokee Indians from Georgia to Indian Territory, and served as aide-de-camp to General John E. Wool, 1834-35. He married Sarah, daughter of John Ridge, the Cherokee chief. She was a full-blooded Indian, descended from a long line of chiefs, was well educated, a famous beauty and a fine conversationalist. She was an aunt of Elias C. Bondinet (q.v.). They removed to Van Buren, Ark., in 1836-37, where he engaged in the practice of law and was joined by his brother, who bad assumed the name of Brewer. They had an extensive practice as Paschal & Brewer. He was justice of the supreme court of Arkansas, 1842-44; was defeated for representative in congress, and in 1848 removed with his brother to Texas. It was largely through his influence that Sam Houston was elected governor of Texas in 1859. In 1861 he opposed the doctrine of secession and published his opinions in the Southern Intelligencer, a paper which he had founded at Austin in 1856. He removed to Washington, D.C., in 1869 where he was prominent in founding the law department of Georgetown university and was professor of jurisprudence at that institution for many years. The honorary degree of LL.D. was conferred on him by Georgetown university in 1875. He is the author of: Annotated Digest of the Laws of Texas (1866, new ed. 1873); Annotated Constitution of the United States (1868, new ed., 1876); Decisions of the Supreme Court of Texas (5 vols., 1869-71); Digest of Decisions of the Supreme Court of Texas (1871-73); a sketch of the last years of Sam Houston in Harper's Magazine in 1866, and many contributions to magazines. He died in Washington, D.C., Feb. 16, 1878.

The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans, Volume X. Rossiter Johnson, ed., Boston: The Biographical Society, 1904.

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