Emory Speer, American judge. member 46th Congress (1879-1881), as Independent Democrat; member Ways and Means Committee; member House conference with Senate on tariff bill of 1883.
Speer was born in Culloden, Georgia, and joined the Confederate Army during the Civil War at the age of sixteen, serving in the Fifth Kentucky Regiment, Lewis brigade, during the last two years of the war. After the war, Speer attended the University of Georgia in Athens where his father, Dr. Eustace W. Speer, had once been a faculty member.
Private 5th Kentucky Mounted Infantry (Orphan Brigade), C.S.A., 1864-1865. Bachelor of Arts, University of Georgia, 1869. Doctor of Laws, Mercer U.
Admitted to bar, 1869. Solicitor-general of Georgia, 1873-1876. Alumni trustee University of Georgia, 1877-1886.
Member 46th Congress (1879-1881), as Independent Democrat. Disagreeing with his party, returned to 47th Congress (1881-1883) as Independent, and affiliated with Republicans on protection and other issues. Member Ways and Means Committee.
Member House conference with Senate on tariff bill of 1883. United State Attorneys, 1883-1885. United States district judge Southern district of Georgia, February 18, since 1885.
Presided on trial United States versus Lancaster, Hall and others, conspiracy and murder, 1891. On trial United States versus Greene and Gaynor, conspiracy and embezzlement, 1906. Jones versus United States, upholding the constitutionality of the United States National Military Service Law, August 1917.
Dean law department, Mercer U., and lecturer on constitution of United States, since 1893. Lecturer Storrs Foundation, Yale, 1906. Delivered orations, Grant Birthday, Galena, Illinois, 1898.
Peace Jubilee, Chicago, 1898. Centenary, University of Georgia, 1901. Robert E. Lee, Emory College, Oxford, Georgia, 1896.
Centenary Abraham Lincoln, New York, 1909. Appomattox Day, Hamilton Club, Chicago, 1910. Lincoln’s Birthday, Republican Club, New York, “Fortify Panama Canal,” 1911.
Author: Removal of Causes from State to United States Courts, 1888. Lectures on the Constitution of the United States, 1897. Lincoln, Lee, Grant, and other Biographical Addresses, 1910.