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This Day in Georgia History

January 02, 1916

Joseph Lamar Died

To view a tribute to Joseph R. Lamar, see the Digital Library of Georgia.

Politician and U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Joseph R. Lamar died in Washington, D.C. Born October 14, 1857 in Ruckersville, Ga., Lamar received an undergraduate degree from Bethany College and subsequently studied law at Washington and Lee University. He was admitted to the bar in 1878 and practiced law in Augusta from 1880 until 1903. Lamar also served in the Georgia General Assembly (1886-89) and in 1895 was named to codify the statutory laws of Georgia. In 1901, he was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Georgia Supreme Court, though he had to resign after four years for health reasons. In 1910, Pres. William Howard Taft appointed Lamar to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. He held that office until his death in 1916.

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Source: Supreme Court Historical Society