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Bryon Paine

Bryon Paine, American jurist. famous fugitive slave law case before Wis; famous among anti-slavery proponents.


  • Paine, Bryon was born on October 10, 1827 in Painesville, Ohio, United States. Son of James H. and Marilla (Paine) Paine.

  • Education

    • Honorary Doctor of Laws, University of Wisconsin, 1869.


    • Went to Wisconsin Territory, 1845. Admitted to Milwaukee bar, 1849. Counsel for Sherman Booth in famous fugitive slave law case before Wisconsin Supreme Court, won writ of habeas corpus with his defense attacking constitutionality of law.

      Became famous among anti-slavery proponents. Judge Milwaukee County Court, 1856-1859. The American Association For Justice Wisconsin Supreme Court, 1859-1864, 67-71.

      Appointed lieutenant colonel 43d Wisconsin Volunteers, 1864.

    Major achievements

    • Famous fugitive slave law case before Wis. Famous among anti-slavery proponents.


    • Married Clarissa Wyman, October 7, 1854, 4 sons.
    • father: James H. Paine
    • mother: Marilla (Paine) Paine
    • spouse: Clarissa Wyman
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    Born October 10, 1827
    Died January 13, 1871
    (aged 43)