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EARLY, Peter, jurist, born in Madison County, Virginia, in June 1773; died in Greene County, Georgia, 15 August 1817. He was graduated at Princeton in 1792, and with his father settled in Georgia in 1795. He studied law in Philadelphia, and practiced successfully at the Georgia bar. He served in congress in 1803'7, where he opposed the African slave trade, and was prominent in the trial of Samuel Chase, one of the judges of the Supreme Court, appearing for the prosecution, in 1807 he became judge of the state Supreme Court, and retired in 1813, when elected governor of Georgia, in which office he served for two years. He was afterward a state senator.
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