Originally created 01/01/00

Joseph Lamar



This young next-door Augusta neighbor of Woodrow Wilson studied law here, was admitted to the Georgia bar in 1878 and practiced law in the Garden City until 1903. It was this brilliant jurist who undertook the task of codifing the laws of Georgia into a two-volume tome, The Code of the State of Georgia.

Joseph Lamar was appointed by the governor to the Georgia Supreme Court in 1901. Then, in 1910, the distinguished justice was nominated by President William Howard Taft and confirmed as a U.S. Supreme Court justice, a position he held until his death in 1916. (He is buried in Summerville Cemetery.)

While on the High Court, he hewed to a philosophy of "strict constructionism" when interpreting the U.S. Constitution.