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George Price Whitman

George Price Whitman, 1967-1972


GEORGE PRICE WHITMAN, SR., served on the Court of Appeals, 1967-1971. He was born in Marshfield, Wood County, Wisconsin, on August 2, 1883, and died June 19, 1972.

He attended Georgia elementary and high schools in Atlanta and Newnan; graduated from the University of Georgia receiving law degree with first honor in 1906; thereafter received second Bachelor of Laws degree from Yale in 1907.

He married Kate Fuller on November 2, 1907, in Northport, L. I., New York. They had three children, George P.,Jr., Oscar Fuller, and Katherine. For other family and historical data see the memorial dated June 20, 1973, in 126 Georgia Appeals Reports, pages XXVII- XXXVIII.

He was on the editorial staff of the Michie Publishing Company for four years; practiced law in Atlanta from 1911-1949; Superior Court Judge of the Atlanta Circuit 1949-1967; Court of Appeals 1967-1971; Judge Emeritus Atlanta Judicial Circuit in 1971.

Affiliations: Sphinx; Gridiron; Baptist Church; Past Grand Master, Masonic Grand Lodge of Georgia; Blue Lodge, York Rite, 33rd Degree Scottish Rite and Shriner; Order of Red Cross, Eastern Star, Amaranth, and White Shrine; Optimist Club; Georgia S. A. R.; Engligh Speaking Union; Atlanta Historical Society.

He served on the Decatur City Council 1918; City Attorney in College Park 1922-1949; Lawyers Club of Atlanta; Atlanta, Georgia, and American Bar Associations; American Judicature Society; attorney for 20 years for the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention; chairman of the Board of Deacons of the Atlanta Baptist Tabernacle; chairman of the Fulton County Board of Education.

Some have said: "He stood out among men as Mt. Everest does among mountains." Antony's words are appropriate: "His life was gentle, and the elements so mixed in him, that nature might stand up and say to all the world, 'this was a man.' " Others said: "He literally poured out his life over the voluminous records and briefs and in a careful study of the myriads of decisions...I know of no judge who proceeded with greater care and caution. II He may have set a record: "He was chosen by the people for another term of office at the age of 84 and against strong, able opposition."