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Francis Shackelford, American lawyer. Served as Lieutenant (junior grade) to Lieutenant commander United States Naval Reserve, 1942-1946; Member American, New York, Georgia, Atlanta bar associations, Atlanta Chamber C. (director 1968), Association Army of the United States (president Hub of South chapter 1960-1961).

Background

Shackelford, Francis was born on September 21, 1909 in Albany, Georgia, United States. Son of Charles Mercer and Mary (Livezey) Shackelford.

Education

Student Lawrenceville (New Jersey) School, 1927-1929. Bachelor of Arts, Princeton, 1933. Bachelor of Laws, Harvard, 1936.

Career

During World War II, he served as an officer in the United States Navy. In 1950, President of the United States Harry Truman named Shackelford General Counsel of the Army, with Shackelford holding this office from July 24, 1950 until August 25, 1952. On August 26, 1952, he became Assistant Secretary of the Army (General Management), holding this office until January 20, 1953.

Leaving government service in 1953, Shackelford became a Managing Partner of the law firm then called Alston, Miller, Gaines, Spann, and Shackelford. The firm name was later streamlined to Alston, Miller, & Gaines. The firm is now the firm of Alston & Bird.

Shackelford loved his career at Alston, Miller & Gaines to the extent that he and his partners eventually dubbed it "The Happy Firm". Shackelford also served as general counsel of Magic Chef, a position he would hold until his death twenty years later. But, his true calling was his tax law work at Alston, Miller & Gaines.

And, after all these decades, Alston & Bird is still called "The Happy Firm". Shackelford was married to the former Renee Marie Fletcher, and was living in at the time of his death. After Shackelford underwent open heart surgery in Birmingham, Alabama, doctors were unable to revive him, and he died on November 30, 1973.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles in field to professional journals.

Membership

Served as Lieutenant (junior grade) to Lieutenant commander United States Naval Reserve, 1942-1946. Member American, New York, Georgia, Atlanta bar associations, Atlanta Chamber C. (director 1968), Association Army of the United States (president Hub of South chapter 1960-1961). Clubs: Capital City, Piedmont Driving, Lawyers (president, 1957-1958), Commerce (Atlanta), Shake Rag (Atlanta).

Connections

Married Renèe Marie Flectcher. Children: R. Claire, Elizabeth C., Frank C., C. Fletcher.

father:
Charles Mercer Shackelford

mother:
Mary (Livezey) Shackelford

spouse:
Renèe Marie Flectcher

children:
Elizabeth C. Shackelford

Frank C. Shackelford

R. Claire Shackelford

C. Fletcher Shackelford