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Athens in Limestone County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Judge David Lee Rosenau, Jr.

1903-1998

 
 
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, August 2, 2020
1. Judge David Lee Rosenau, Jr. Marker
Inscription.  D.L. Rosenau, Jr. graduated from local Greene University School as Valedictorian at age 15 and went on to become one of the youngest graduates of both Yale University and Stanford Law School. Following his return to Athens, Judge Rosenau was appointed to the bench in 1937 by Gov. Bibb Graves. He was elected to 10 subsequent terms as Superior Court Judge before retiring after 44 years of service. He remains the longest serving judge in Limestone County history.

Judge Rosenau's service to the Limestone County and the state's judicial system extended well beyond his time on the bench. As a teenager, he hauled bricks used in the construction of the courthouse from a nearby brickyard. He was twice an official member of the five-judge United States delegation to the International Congress of Juvenile Judges at Brussels Belgium, carrying an official greeting from President Eisenhower in 1954 and serving as chairman of the U.S. delegation in 1958. Following his retirement in 1981, he maintained an office in the courthouse while serving as a supernumerary judge in courts across the state.

Known for his quick wit and absolute demand for
Judge David Lee Rosenau, Jr. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, August 2, 2020
2. Judge David Lee Rosenau, Jr. Marker
This marker is on the left.
the respect of both law enforcement officials and the judicial system, he often remanded those who appeared before him to a shower, shave, and haircut before hearing their cases. True to his campaign promise of “the same justice for everyone,” Judge Rosenau considered each case without prejudice and ensured his judgments served as learning and growth opportunities. The positive impact of his service on the lives of Limestone County residents remains evident today.

A dedicated husband and father, Judge Rosenau and his wife of 70 years, Jewell Hertzler Rosenau, raised two daughters, Joy and Jill. The adjacent limestone benches were placed in their honor.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics.
 
Location. 34° 48.183′ N, 86° 58.306′ W. Marker is in Athens, Alabama, in Limestone County. Marker is at the intersection of North Jefferson Street and Market Street West, on the right when traveling north on North Jefferson Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 W Washington St, Athens AL 35611, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Limestone County Courthouse Bell (here, next to this marker); A County Older Than the State (a few steps from this marker); James Edwin Horton, Jr. (a few steps from this marker); North Side of Square
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(within shouting distance of this marker); Courthouse and Poor Farm Fence (within shouting distance of this marker); Limestone County Confederate Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Limestone County Vietnam War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); West Side of Square (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Athens.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 3, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 53 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 3, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.
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Jan. 18, 2021