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William Huggins Brawley (errantly reported in some works as William Hiram Brawley; May 13, 1841 – November 15, 1916) was a U.S. Representative from South Carolina and later a United States federal judge. He was the cousin of John James Hemphill and great-uncle of Robert Witherspoon Hemphill. Contents 1 Early life, education, military and legal careers 2 Political service 3 Federal judicial service 4 Sources 5 External links Early life, education, military and legal careers Born in Chester, South Carolina, Brawley attended the common schools, and graduated from South Carolina College at Columbia in 1860. He enlisted as a private in Company F, Sixth Regiment, South Carolina Infantry, Confederate States Army, on April 11, 1861. He lost an arm in the Battle of Seven Pines and was retired from service in 1862. He managed his family plantation from 1862 to 1864, then traveled and studied in Europe in 1864 and 1865. He read law, and was admitted to the bar in 1866, commencing a private practice in Chester until 1868. Brawley was elected solicitor of the Sixth Judicial Circuit of South Carolina in 1868 and served until his resignation in 1874. He moved to Charleston and continued in private practice until 1893. Political service Brawley was a Representative from Charleston, South Carolina House of Representatives from 1882 to 1890. He was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses, and served from March 4, 1891, until February 12, 1894, when he resigned to accept a position on the bench. Federal judicial service On December 20, 1893, Brawley was nominated by President Grover Cleveland to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina vacated by Charles H. Simonton. Brawley was confirmed by the United States Senate on January 18, 1894, and received his commission the same day. He retired on June 14, 1911. He thereafter lived in retirement until his death in Charleston, South Carolina, November 15, 1916. He was interred in Magnolia Cemetery. Sources William H. Brawley at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress William H. Brawley at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center. External links Biography portal Our Civil War in Retrospect, William H. Brawley, National Magazine, September, 1905 (with photo) William H. Brawley at Find a Grave Persondata Name Brawley, William Hiram Alternative names Short description United States federal judge Date of birth May 13, 1841 Place of birth Chester, South Carolina Date of death November 15, 1916 Place of death Charleston, South Carolina