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Claiborne, William Charles Cole 1775-1817

jurist; born in Sussex county, Va., in [182] 1775; became a lawyer, and settled in Tennessee, where he was appointed a territorial judge. In 1796 he assisted in framing a State constitution, and was a

William C. C. Claiborne.

member of Congress from 1797 to 1801. In 1802 he was appointed governor of the Mississippi Territory, and was a commissioner, with Wilkinson, to take possession of Louisiana when it was purchased from France. On the establishment of a new government in 1804, he was appointed governor; and when the State of Louisiana was organized he was elected governor, serving from 1812 to 1816. In the latter year he became United States Senator, but was prevented from taking his seat on account of sickness. He died in New Orleans, La., Nov. 23, 1817.

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