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DARGAN, Edmund Spawn, American jurist: b. Montgomery County, S. C., 15 April 1805; d. Mobile, November 1879. He was the son of a Baptist minister of Irish de scent, at whose death he was left without means. By his own exertions, he obtained a fair knowl edge of English, Latin and Greek, although he was at work on a farm until he was 23 years old. He read law, was admitted to the bar in 1829, went to Alabama and taught three months in Washington, Autauga County. Here he was elected a justice of the peace and filled the of fice for several years, meanwhile engaging in the practice of law. In 1833 he removed to Montgomery and in 1841 was elected to the bench of the Circuit Court of the Mobile dis trict and removed to Mobile. He resigned the office of judge in 1842 and in 1844 was elected to the State senate. He was also mayor of Mobile the same year. He resigned from the

senate the following year and was elected to Congress, where he served from December 1845 to March 1847. On the question of the north west boundary of Oregon he made an able speech and offered some valuable amendments to the resolution of notice. He was the first to propose the line of adjustment finally adopted on the settlement of the question with the British government. He declined a renomi nation and in 1847 was elected to fill a vacancy in the Supreme Court of Alabama. In 1849, by the resignation of Justice Collier, he be came chief justice, which office he resigned in 1852 and resumed the practice of law in Mo bile. In 1861 he was a delegate to the State convention and voted for the ordinance of se cession. He also served for one term as a representative in the Confederate Congress.