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Francis Marion Bird, American lawyer. Bar: Georgia bar 1924, District of Columbia Bar 1925. Recipient Distinguished Service citation University Georgia Law School; Distinguished Service award Atlanta Bar Association, 1977; President's award Association Private Colleges and Universities, 1979, Georgia award Harvard Law School Association, 1984.


Bird, Francis Marion was born on September 4, 1902 in Comer, Georgia, United States. Son of Henry Madison and Minnie Lee (McConnell) Bird.


Bachelor of Arts Georgia, 1922. Bachelor of Laws, University Georgia, 1924. Master of Laws, George Washington University, 1925.

Doctor of Laws, Emory University, 1980. Doctor of Laws, University St. Andrews, 1982.


Since practiced in, Atlanta. With United States Senator Hoke Smith, 1925. Private practice, 1930-1945.

Associate Bird & Howell, 1945-1959, Jones Bird & Howell, 1959-1982, Alston & Bird, since 1982. Served as part-time United States referee in bankruptcy, 1945-1954. Special assistant to the United States attorney general as hearings officer National Selective Service Act.

Member commission for preparation plan of government City of Atlanta and county area. Member permanent rules committee Georgia Supreme Court. Member Metropolitan Atlanta Commission Crime and Juvenile Delinquency, chairman, 1969-1970.

Formerly Georgia co-chairman Technology-Georgia Development Fund. Trustee Young Harris College, University Georgia Foundation, Atlanta Lawyers Foundation, Interdenominational Theological Center. Trustee, past member executive committee Emory University, Atlanta.

Chairman Georgia Board Bar Examiners, 1954-1961.


  • Bar: Georgia bar 1924, District of Columbia Bar 1925.


  • Other Work

    • Member permanent editorial board: Uniform Commercial Code, 1962-1977, Federal Judicial Conference, 5th Circuit, Federal Judicial Conference, 11th Circuit, 1960-1981, since 1981.


God offers a loving relationship. The Covenant is not a contract in which God and human beings agree to provide particular goods and services for each other. God has freely and graciously already made it possible.


The commitment of individual Christians to work for social and political change should be recognized as a fully legitimate form of Christian discipleship.


It is important to experience God's grace working in the lives of people. Wisdom and maturity are gained from life experience, especially during the prayer and sharing stories with other Christians.


Fellow American Bar Found. Member American Judicature Society (past director), American Law Institute (council 1949-1982, emeritus, past chairman committee membership), American Bar Association, Georgia (past president), Atlanta Bar Associations, New York City Bar Association, Atlanta Chamber C. (past president, Atlanta Civic Service award 1957), University Georgia Alumni Association (past president, certificate of merit 1952), George Washington University Alumni Association (achievement award 1965), Peachtree Golf Club, Atlanta Athletic Club (past president), Kiwanis, Piedmont Driving Club, Capital City Club, Lawyers Club (past president), Augusta National Golf Club (governor), Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Chi, Phi Delta Phi.


Married Mary Adair Howell, January 30, 1935. Children: Francis Marion, Mary Adair Bird Kennedy, Elizabeth Howell Bird Hewitt, George Arthur.

Henry Madison Bird

Minnie Lee (McConnell) Bird

Mary Adair Howell

Francis Marion Bird

Mary Adair Bird Kennedy Bird

Elizabeth Howell Bird Hewitt Bird

George Arthur Bird