Academic journal article The Journal of Southern Legal History

President's Foreword

Academic journal article The Journal of Southern Legal History

President's Foreword

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We hope you enjoy this Issue of the Journal of Southern Legal History . It is particularly special to me, not only because David Walbert and I had the pleasure of conducting the Interview of "George T." Smith, but also because of our families' long ties.

My father served in the Legislature with George T. when George T. was Speaker of the House. They became close friends, in part because both were devout Baptists and nondrinkers. The Legislature then had many Baptists, but not so many teetotalers, at least not when they were far from home.

When visiting Augusta, George T. frequently stayed at our home. I had the pleasure of voting for him for Lieutenant Governor in 1966, the first election in which I was old enough to vote. As a college student, I had the pleasure of often dropping by the Lieutenant Governor's office and being warmly received.

His graciousness and friendship continued through the years. Our paths crossed many times, and he warmly received me when I would drop by his law office in Marietta, as he continued to practice law with enthusiasm well into his nineties, always relishing the role of advocate for the underdog. …

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