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John Auchinloss Inglis was born in Baltimore, Maryland, August 26, 1813, being the son of Rev. James Inglis, a Presbyterian clergyman. He graduated at Dickinson College in 1829, studied law and practiced that profession first in Chernaw, South Carolina, and later in Columbia. He became judge of the Court of Common Pleas and General Sessions, was raised to the bench of the Supreme Court of Appeals and became one of the four Chancellors of South Carolina. He presided on the occasion of the convention of South Carolina in 1860, and drafted the ordinance adopted December 20, 1860. In the destruction of Columbia by Sherman's army, February 17, 1865, his house and library were burned. He removed to Baltimore in 1868 and practiced his profession there until 1874, holding a chair in the Law School of the University of Maryland. In 1874 he was appointed Judge of the Orphans' Court and in the following year was elected to the same office. The Board of Trade of Baltimore made him a judge of the new Court of Arbitration in 1878. He was a ruling elder in the Presbyterian church. His death occurred in Baltimore, August 26, 1878.