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James Yell as an attorney represented slave owner William Daniel, who claimed ownership of his one-time slave Abby Guy, in three jury trials and two appellate cases at the Arkansas Supreme Court. (See the Encyclopedia of Arkansas entry for Guy v. Daniel.) Although he won the 1857 appeal and kept Abby Guy enslaved, he lost the 1861 appeal and she was freed.
(See: Mahan, Russell. Abby Guy: Race and Slavery on Trial in an 1855 Southern Court. Santa Clara, UT: Historical Enterprises, 2017.)

Russell Mahan
Santa Clara, UT