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George Claiborne Watkins

jurist

George Claiborne Watkins, American jurist. member military court attending troops under General T.H. Holmes, Confederate Army, 1862.

Background

Watkins, George Claiborne was born on November 25, 1815 in Shelbyville, Kentucky, United States. Son of Major Isaac and Maria (Toncre) Watkins.

Education

Attended Tapping Reeve’s Law School, Litchfield, Connecticut.

Career

Partner (with Chester Ashley) in law firm, Little Rock, Arkansas, 1837. Attorney general of Arkansas, 1843. Chief justice Arkansas Supreme Court, 1852-1854, made most important decision in Merrick versus Avery, 1854.

Supporter of Confederacy. Member military court attending troops under General T.H. Holmes, Confederate Army, 1862.

Membership

Member military court attending troops under General T.H. Holmes, Confederate Army, 1862.

Connections

Married Mary Crease, 1841. Married second, Mistress.

father:
Major Isaac Watkins

mother:
Maria (Toncre) Watkins

spouses:
Mary Crease

Mistress