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Nash Rose Broyles

Nash Rose Broyles, 1914-1947
Chief Judge: 1919-1947

NASH R. BROYLES served on the Georgia Court of Appeals 1914-1947. He was born in Atlanta, October 16, 1868, and died April 7, 1947.

He was graduated from Boys High School in 1885; the University of Georgia with an A.B. degree in 1888 and a Bachelor of Law degree in 1889. He was a member of Chi Phi fraternity.

He married Deas Hall in 1894. She was from Charleston, S. C. One of his paternal ancestors was Governor of North Carolina, and among his maternal ancestors were generals in the military and members of the U. S. Congress.

He practiced law with his father, Edwin Nash Broyles, and his brother, Arnold Broyles. He was appointed United States Commissioner; elected City Recorder of Atlanta; elected Judge of the Court of Appeals of Georgia in 1914, serving over 32 years in that capacity; served as Presiding Judge for two years and as Chief Judge about 28 years on the Court of Appeals, which latter attainment may be a record. Sixty volumes of Appeals Reports were published during his tenure, which is another rare record with only six judges on the court. He was appointed one of the commissioners to pass upon the 1933 revision of the Code of Georgia.

A memorial dated November 4, 1947, is found in 75 Georgia Appeals Reports, pages 887-894. Expressions about his life there include: "A believer in the enforcement of the law, an opponent of trifling technicalities, an advocate of the punishment of the guilty as a protection to society." It was said: "His strength lay in his faith in the eternal principles of right and wrong." He "regarded the individual as at the apex of creation, and his rights and obligations were to be so measured." It was said that his judicial career and the influence of his life would continue to bless humanity as the North Star "continues to guard the mariner from the cruel rocks" even a million years after its light was extinguished. It was said "he was the soul of honor. He was just and fair in all his dealings. Rich and poor stood on an even balance with him in all his decisions."