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Robert C. Brickell

Robert Coman Brickell (1824-1900) served as an associate justice and then Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court during Reconstruction. Born in Tuscumbia, Colbert County, he studied law and was admitted to the Alabama State Bar in 1843. He was appointed an associate justice of the Alabama Supreme Court in 1873 by Gov. David P. Lewis. The following year, he won election to the court. In 1880, he was elected Chief Justice and served until 1884. After returning to his law practice for a time, he was again appointed to the court, as Chief Justice, by Gov. Thomas Goode Jones, serving from 1894 to 1898. He then returned to Huntsville and his law practice.
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