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TOURGEE, Albion Winegar, American jurist and author: b. Williamsfield, Ashtabula County, Ohio, 2 May 1838; d. Bor deaux, France, 21 May 1905. He was gradu ated at the University of Rochester (N. Y.), enlisted May 1861 as a private in the 27th New York volunteers, was wounded at the first bat tle of Bull Run, and having been discharged, studied law and was admitted to the bar at Painesville, Ohio. In 1862 he re-entered the military service as first lieutenant in the 105th Ohio, in 1864 resigned, and in 1865 began pro fessional practice at Greensboro, N. C. He was a delegate to the Southern Loyalist convention at Philadelphia in 1866, and in 1867 to the con stitutional convention of North Carolina, where he drafted the article on the judiciary. From 1868 to 1874 he was judge of the Superior Court of the State. During his term of office the Ku Klux Klan was exposed and largely broken up, and his services to this end were very efficient.

The sworn statements of several hundred mem bers received by him were later utilized in a series of fictional works dealing with Recon struction times in the South, of which 'A Fool's Errand' (1879) was the best known. Contem porary interest in these books was great, and their sales were very large for those days. Tourgee was made consul at Bordeaux in 1897, consul-general at Halifax in 1903, and from then until his death was again consul at Bor deaux. He was editor of The Continent (1882 84; 5 vols.), an illustrated weekly published in New York (Vol. III in Philadelphia), and also wrote a few law books. Among his other works were 'Bricks without Straw' (1880) ; 'John Eax' (1882) ; 'An Appeal to Caesar' (1884) ; 'Button's (1887) ; (With Gauge and Swallow' (1889) ; (Murvale Eastman' (1890) ; 'Out of the Sunset Sea' (1892), and (The Mortgage on the Hiproof House' (1896).