Joseph Henry Lumpkin
Georgia's First Chief Justice

Paul DeForest Hicks

The first biography of a prominent antebellum southern judge and reformer

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"Clearly written, directly argued, and gifted with a simplicity of presentation that does justice to Lumpkin and to the development of the law in Georgia."
—Kermit Hall

"Joseph Henry Lumpkin sheds valuable light on southern judicial circles and elite society in the years leading up to the Civil War."
Journal of Southern History


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This biography of Joseph Henry Lumpkin (1799-1867) details the life and work of the man whose senior judgeship on Georgia's Supreme Court spanned more than twenty years and included service as its first Chief Justice. Paul Hicks portrays Lumpkin as both a civic-minded professional and an evangelical Presbyterian reformer. Exploring Lumpkin's important contributions to the institutional development of the Georgia Supreme Court, Hicks discusses Lumpkin's opinions in cases ranging in concern from family conflicts to slavery. He also shows how Lumpkin cleared a way through the thicket of antiquated laws that threatened to strangle the growth of corporate banking and business in Georgia. Treated in depth as well are the evolution of his views on slavery and secession and his involvement in social and economic reform, including temperance, education, African American colonization, and industrialization.

Hicks also covers Lumpkin's undergraduate days at the University of Georgia and Princeton, his experiences as a state legislator and successful lawyer, and his family life. Among the family members portrayed are Lumpkin's older brother, Wilson, a two-term governor of Georgia; and Lumpkin's son-in-law, Thomas R. R. Cobb, cofounder with Lumpkin of the University of Georgia Law School.

Joseph Henry Lumpkin played an important role in the public life of Georgia during the formative era of American law and the age of sectionalism. Here is a full and compelling portrait of Lumpkin as an individual of both intellect and passion, on and off the bench.

Page count: 200 pp.
6 Illustrations
Trim size: 6 x 9

Read more about Joseph Henry Lumpkin at the New Georgia Encyclopedia.

 



Paper
List price: $24.95
978-0-8203-4099-9
3/15/2012

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978-0-8203-2640-5
2/25/2010
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Paul DeForest Hicks, a graduate of Princeton and Harvard Law School, is a former managing director of J. P. Morgan. He lives in Rye, New York.