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to the station; and in the year 1842, the Legislature elected him President of the Court of Appeals by a unanimous vote
CABELL, EDWARD CARRINGTON.
THIS gentleman is one of the youngest members of the House, being only thirty-one years of age. His original “right of way” into the national councils was not undisputed, as will appear before the close of our narrative. He is a native of Richmond, Virginia. His mother is the daughter of Colonel Robert Gamble, who, when a stripling, entered into the American army during our Revolutionary struggle, and served with distinguished success from the commencement to the close of the war. He was an intimate personal friend of General Washington. He left the army after our liberties and independence had been secured.
The father of Mr. Cabell is William H. Cabell, the present President of the Supreme Court of Appeals of Virginia. Judge Cabell was elected to the House of Delegates of that state shortly after he had passed the age of twenty-one. He served in the session of 1798, and voted for the celebrated resolutions which were proposed at that session. A few years after this he was elected governor of the Commonwealth, at the early age of thirtytwo, the youngest governor who has ever been elected in that state. During his term of office the trial of the celebrated Aaron Burr took place in Richmond. Soon after his gubernatorial term had expired, he was made judge of the General Court of Virginia in the year 1808, and a vacancy occurring shortly afterward upon the bench of the Court of Appeals, he was elected, in 1811, one of the judges.
The Constitution of Virginia having been changed in the year 1830, it became necessary again for the Legislature to elect the judges of the Court of Appeals, when Judge Cabell received a most gratifying testimonial of their unabated confidence in him, both as a man and as a judge, by his re-election to the station; and in the year 1842, the Legislature elected him President of the Court of Appeals by a unanimous vote