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Thomas O. Marshall

Thomas O. Marshall, 1974-1977


THOMAS O. MARSHALL is a native of Sumter County, and was born June 24, 1920, in Americus. He attended public schools there, graduating from Americus High in 1936. After attending Emory University for two years, he entered the U. S. Naval Academy in 1938 and received a B.S. degree in 1941. After World War II, he attended night law school at Emory for two quarters before earning a law degree at Georgia in 1948.

During World War II, Chief Justice Marshall served in destroyers in the Navy in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters, participating in the North African invasion in 1942, North Atlantic convoy duty, and the Okinawa invasion, where he earned the Bronze Star and Navy Unit Commendation. He also served in destroyers for 17 months during the Korean conflict. He is a retired Captain in the Naval Reserve.

In 1946, Chief Justice Marshall married the former Angie Ellen Fitts of Americus. They have three daughters: Mrs. Duncan (Ellen) Beard; Mrs. George (Anne) Peagler; Mrs. Spencer (Mary) Pryor, Jr.; and six grandchildren: Spence, Charles, and Oliver Pryor; Tom and Sarah Peagler; and Charles Beard.

Chief Justice Marshall began the practice of law in Americus in 1948 with the firm which became Dykes, Dykes and Marshall. In 1960, he was elected Judge of the Superior Courts of the Southwestern Judicial Circuit, and was re-elected without opposition until 1974. In 1974, he was elected Judge of the Court of Appeals of Georgia, where he served from November 1974 to July 15, 1977, when Governor George Busbee named him a member of the Supreme Court. He is a graduate of the National Judicial College.