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Macon in Bibb County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

William Augustus Bootle

Federal Building and United States Courthouse

 

—Dedicated June 29, 1998 —

 
William Augustus Bootle Federal Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 13, 2018
1. William Augustus Bootle Federal Building Marker
Inscription.  By an Act of Congress (P.L. 105-163) this historic building is named for United States District Judge "Gus" Bootle. Judge Bootle was born in Walterboro, S.C. on August 19, 1902, and attended Mercer University where he was awarded a law degree in 1925. Before becoming a judge, he served as United States Attorney during the administration of President Herbert Hoover, adjunct professor and acting Dean of the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer, and while in private practice he was a leading trial lawyer. On May 20, 1954, he was appointed United States District Judge for the Middle District of Georgia by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and he held that office with great distinction until his retirement in 1981. Of the 27 years Judge Bootle served this district, many were marked with great turmoil in this state and region. His wisdom, innate sense of fairness, and unfailing good humor earned him many friends and admirers among the members of the bar. Judge Bootle, through his courage and dedication to the law, is an example for the judges who follow him and a beacon to all who seek the protection of the Constitution of this great nation.
 
Location.
William Augustus Bootle Federal Building<br>National Register of Historic Places plaque image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 13, 2018
2. William Augustus Bootle Federal Building
National Register of Historic Places plaque
Entered on the National Register
of Historic Places
January 20, 1972

Federal Building
U.S. Courthouse
475 Mulberry Street Postal Station
Macon, Georgia

James Knox Taylor
Architect • 1905
This property significantly contributes to the
Nation’s cultural heritage
Commemorated June 1976

Gerald R. Ford • President of the United States
Jack Eckerd • Administrator of General Services
32° 50.222′ N, 83° 37.537′ W. Marker is in Macon, Georgia, in Bibb County. Marker is on Mulberry Street (Georgia Route 49) west of 3rd Street Lane, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is mounted at eye-level, directly on the subject building, just left of the Mulberry Street entrance. Marker is at or near this postal address: 475 Mulberry Street, Macon GA 31201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Civil War Era Maconites of African Ancestry (a few steps from this marker); Freemasonry in Macon (within shouting distance of this marker); Macon History (within shouting distance of this marker); Wilson's Raid To Macon (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Lanier House (about 500 feet away); Jefferson Davis at the Lanier House (about 500 feet away); First Public Camellia Show (about 500 feet away); Post 3 Macon (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Macon.
 
Also see . . .
1. William Augustus Bootle. Judge Bootle was responsible for several landmark civil rights rulings in the state. In 1961, he ordered the University of Georgia to admit two African-American students, Hamilton Holmes and Charlayne Hunter, who were denied admission because of race. The case, Holmes v. Danner, had a major impact on integrating higher education in Georgia. A related ruling by Judge
William Augustus Bootle Federal Building<br>(<i>marker on left; NRHP plaque on right</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 13, 2018
3. William Augustus Bootle Federal Building
(marker on left; NRHP plaque on right)
Bootle denied Governor Ernest Vandiver the ability to refuse state funding to the university if it was integrated. Judge Bootle also ordered the desegregation of the Macon bus system in 1962 and Bibb County public schools in 1970. (Submitted on March 10, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. National Register of Historic Places nomination #72000370. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972 as "Old U.S. Post Office and Federal Building" (Submitted on March 10, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. Macon Historic District National Register of Historic Places nomination #74000658. (Submitted on March 10, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
 
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William Augustus Bootle Federal Building image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 13, 2018
4. William Augustus Bootle Federal Building
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 10, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 10, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 10, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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