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This Day in Georgia History

December 25, 1897

Stella Akin Born

Lawyer and judge Stella Akin was born in Savannah, Georgia. After a public school education in Savannah, she read law and became the first woman admitted to the Georgia bar in 1917. The following year, she began practicing law in Savannah. In 1933, Pres. Franklin Roosevelt appointed Akin to serve as a special assistant to the attorney general. In 1957, she was appointed to fill an unexpired term as judge of Savannah’s municipal court. During her career, Akin held many “firsts” for women in Georgia’s legal profession. She died in Savannah on Oct. 8, 1972.