Noted judge and writer Garnett Andrews was born in Wilkes County, Georgia on October 30, 1798. Andrews early became interested in law and studied it at Washington (Ga.) Academy. He began his fifty-year law career in the early 1820s. From 1836 until 1855, Andrews was judge of the northern circuit of Georgia (which included his home county of Wilkes and surrounding counties). He entered the political fray in 1855 when he ran for governor, but was defeated by Herschel Johnson. Andrews did serve as a state representative briefly in 1860, when he argued vehemently against secession. He returned to the same northern circuit judgeship in 1868 and continued to serve in this position until his death in Washington, Georgia on August 14, 1873.
Besides being a very well respected jurist, Andrews also authored Reminiscences of an Old Georgia Lawyer and a number of articles for Southern Cultivator magazine. During the Civil War he hosted many people left homeless by the war, which helped inspire his daughter, Eliza Frances Andrews, to pen her famous work The War-Time Journal of a Georgia Girl.