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    Justice George W. Macrae

    1847-1848

    George Macrae is one of the mysteries of the Supreme Court. Little information has been uncovered about him. This painting of the justice is entirely imaginary. No actual photograph or portrait of him has ever been identified. There is no evidence of the date and place of his birth or of his family history.  Macrae first came into prominence in Florida in 1842, when President John Tyler appointed him United States Attorney for the Southern District. 

    Two years later, Macrae won election to the territorial senate from South Florida.  When another candidate declined appointment in 1847 as circuit judge for the southern circuit, Governor William Moseley turned to Macrae, whom the legislature had also previously considered for the position.  After serving only a single year as circuit judge/Supreme Court justice, Macrae was replaced by Florida House of Representatives Speaker Joseph Lancaster.  Macrae’s activities after leaving the court are as uncertain as his origins.

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