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Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 9:41 pm | Updated: 8:57 am, Thu Jan 16, 2014.

SELMA, Ala. (WAAY) - The first black elected Probate judge in the United States has died.

According to the Greene County Democrat, Reverend Judge W. M. Branch died Monday, at UAB Hospital in Birmingham.

Branch was born in Forkland, Alabama.

He graduated from Greene County Training School and went on to study theology and liberal arts at Selma University.

He enrolled at Alabama State Teachers College in Montgomery, Alabama where he received his B.A. in Social Studies.

He taught in the Greene County schools system.

Judge William M. Branch was Probate Judge from 1971-1988.

He was 95 years old.

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