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MALLARD, JOHN BYLER (1820–1854). John Byler Mallard, lawyer, judge, and politician, was born in Alabama in 1820. He was an honor graduate of the University of Tennessee law school. In 1844 he married Susan Scott in Mississippi; they do not appear to have had any children. In 1845 they moved to Texas, and in 1846 Mallard's five slaves built one of the first homes in Palestine, Anderson County. He formed a law partnership in Palestine in 1851 with two other prominent lawyers, William Alexander and John H. Reagan,qqv and he served as Anderson County's first chief justice in 1848. Mallard was a member of the Fifth Texas Legislature. He was a Methodist and a Mason. He died in Palestine in 1854.


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Mark Odintz


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