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Athens in Clarke County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Home of Joseph Henry Lumpkin

Georgia's First Chief Justice

 
 
Home of Joseph Henry Lumpkin Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, October 23, 2010
1. Home of Joseph Henry Lumpkin Marker
Inscription. Joseph Henry Lumpkin, born in Oglethorpe County, Georgia, Dec. 23, 1799, entered the University of Georgia at fifteen, completing his college education at Princeton, New Jersey, in 1819. Lumpkin passed the bar in 1820 and began practicing law in Lexington, Georgia. He served in the State Legislature, 1824 and 1825, and helped frame the Georgia Penal Code, 1833.

When the Georgia Supreme Court was formed in 1845, the General Assembly elected Lumpkin, Hiram Warner, and Eugenius Nisbet to the bench. His colleagues chose Lumpkin Chief Justice, and he held that position until his death, June 4, 1867. When the University added a school of law, it was given Lumpkin’s name, and he lectured there until the outbreak of the Civil War. The eloquent opinions of Georgia’s first Chief Justice, who revered the spirit as well as the letter of the law, were of inestimable importance in firmly establishing the Supreme Court as part of the State’s legal system.

Lumpkin’s beautiful Greek Revival home was built in 1842. After his death in 1867, the house was used by Madame Sophie Sosnowski as her “Home School” for young ladies. It is now the home of the Athens Woman’s Club.
 
Erected 1964 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 029-12.)
 
Marker series.

Home of Joseph Henry Lumpkin Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, October 23, 2010
2. Home of Joseph Henry Lumpkin Marker
Prince Street is on the right.
This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 33° 57.617′ N, 83° 22.967′ W. Marker is in Athens, Georgia, in Clarke County. Marker is at the intersection of Prince Avenue (U.S. 129) and North Newton Street, on the right when traveling west on Prince Avenue. Click for map. The marker stands on the lawn of the Lumpkin Home. Marker is at or near this postal address: 248 Prince Avenue, Athens GA 30601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Camak House: (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Louis H. Persley (approx. 0.2 miles away); Athens High and Industrial School (approx. ¼ mile away); The Taylor-Grady House (approx. 0.3 miles away); First Flight in Georgia (approx. 0.3 miles away); Dr. Moses Waddel (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Athens Double-Barrelled Cannon (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Stoneman Raid (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Athens.
 
Regarding Home of Joseph Henry Lumpkin. The Lumpkin Home is now used by the University of Georgia Law School.
 
Also see . . .  Joseph Henry Lumpkin - New Georgia Encyclopedia. (Submitted on November 13, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
 
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Home of Joseph Henry Lumpkin Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, October 23, 2010
3. Home of Joseph Henry Lumpkin Marker
The marker with the Lumpkin Home in the background.
Joseph Henry Lumpkin image. Click for full size.
By Artist Unknown
4. Joseph Henry Lumpkin
The portrait of Lumpkin hangs in the University of Georgia Law School. The image is from digitalcommons.law.uga.edu.
Home of Joseph Henry Lumpkin image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, October 23, 2010
5. Home of Joseph Henry Lumpkin
The home was built in 1842.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 911 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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