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Frank Harwell

Frank Harwell, 1917-1918


FRANK HARWELL served on the Court of Appeals for two years, 1917-1918. He was born in Troup County, Georgia, October 21, 1867, and died November 10, 1938, in Decatur, DeKalb County.

His early education was in the grammar and high schools of West Point, Georgia. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 1891 with a Master of Arts degree, Phi Beta Kappa, Kappa Alpha social fraternity. He studied Law in LaGrange, Georgia, and was admitted to the Bar on October 13, 1893. He began practice and formed a partnership with J. H. Pitman.

He married Ruth Trippe Lovejoy on December 11, 1895; she was a native of Tennessee. They had five children, one of whom, William Lovejoy Harwell, was also a member of the Bar. For family details and other information, see The Story of Georgia, published by the American Historical Society, Inc., N. Y., 1938.

He associated with his brother-in-law, Hatton Lovejoy, under the firm name of Harwell and Lovejoy. He was Judge of the City Court in LaGrange; after service on the Court of Appeals formed a partnership with Edgar Watkins; then formed a partnership, Harwell, Fairman and Barrett; then Harwell and Barrett; then Harwell and Harwell. He was a member of the Georgia and Atlanta Bar Associations.

He was a lieutenant in the Georgia Militia; a 32nd Degree Mason; a Grand Master of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows; belonged to the Knights of Pythias and the Improved Order of Red Men; served on the Board of Stewards of the First Methodist Church of Decatur; enjoyed gardening and the growing of flowers; authored two books of verse, In a Garden and Other Poems, 1933, and Ode to the Okefinokee and Other Poems, 1933.

His opinions were crisp and concise. Where two men were charged with dynamiting fish, and one had suggested "that they go down to Turkey Creek and get a mess of fish, and together they went to the creek. A large explosion was heard at the creek, and when witnesses who heard it arrived at its source they found the water muddy, dead fish floating on its surface, and saw the defendant and Wynn gathering in the fish. Wynn was in the water picking up fish, and the defendant on the bank with a dip-net dipping them up. The defendant was afterwards seen on his way home with the fish; and when asked if they were fit to eat, he replied that they were...The evidence... supports the verdict." Bracewell v. State, 21 Ga. App. 133, 134.