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Chisolm, William Wallace 1830- Jurist; born in Morgan county, Ga., Dec. 6, 1830; settled in Kemper county, Miss., in 1847. In 1858 he was made chief-justice of
Early in 1877, John W. Gully, a Democrat, was murdered near Judge Chisolm's house, and Judge Chisolm and several of his Republican friends were arresJudge Chisolm and several of his Republican friends were arrested.
Later the jail was broken into by a mob, one of whom shot Judge Chisolm's young son John.
Thereupon the judge immediately killed the assassin with a gun that Judge Chisolm's young son John.
Thereupon the judge immediately killed the assassin with a gun that had been left by a faithless guard.
The cry was now raised, Burn them out.
Believing that the jail had been set on fire Judge Chisolm descended the stairs with hisJudge Chisolm descended the stairs with his family, who had accompanied him to the jail.
As soon as he appeared the crowd opened fire upon him, and he fell mortally wounded.
His daughter also, a girl eighte , confessed that he was guilty of the crime, and also declared that neither Judge Chisolm nor any of his friends had tried to influence after which they gradually ce