Home of Joseph Henry Lumpkin

Home of Joseph Henry Lumpkin (HMPAC)

Location: Athens, GA 30601 Clarke County
Country: United States of America

N 33° 57.617', W 83° 22.967'

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Georgia's First Chief Justice

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.

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HM NumberHMPAC
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
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Marker Number029-12
Year Placed1964
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 1:16am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 279828 N 3760310
Decimal Degrees33.96028333, -83.38278333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 57.617', W 83° 22.967'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 57' 37.02" N, 83° 22' 58.02" W
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Area Code(s)706
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 237 Prince Ave, Athens GA 30601, US
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