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This Day in Georgia History

August 24, 1903

Bill Arp Died

Lawyer Charles H. Smith, better known as humorist “Bill Arp”, died in Cartersville, Georgia. Born in Lawrenceville in 1826, Smith attended the University of Georgia and studied law under a judge. In 1851, he moved to Rome, Georgia. Thereafter, he served on the Rome city council and later as mayor. During the Civil War, he performed special judicial service for the Confederacy in Macon. His political career also included a term in the Georgia Senate. Though an attorney, Smith became famous for a series of more than 2,000 humorous newspaper columns about life in the South by a backwoods philosopher known as Bill Arp.

For more on Bill Arp, see the Digital Library of Georgia.