Joseph Henry Lumpkin Edit Profile
Lumpkin attended the University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens, Georgia, for some time and then attended and graduated from Princeton College in 1819. After studying law under the tutelage of Thomas W. Cobb, Lumpkin was admitted to the state bar in 1820, and he began practicing in Lexington, Georgia.
Education After serving two terms in the Georgia General Assembly from 1824–1825, Lumpkin returned his full attention to his legal career. In 1830, Lumpkin worked in unison with future U.S. Congressman and Georgia Governor, William Schley, and John H. Cuthbert to create the Georgia state penal code. After the creation of the Supreme Court of Georgia in 1845, Lumpkin was elected as one of three initial justices to preside over that court and was its first chief justice.
He served on the court until his death. Lumpkin was offered the faculty chair of rhetoric and oratory at UGA in 1846, but he declined it. He did the same when offered the chancellorship of UGA in 1860.
Even a presidential appointment to a federal seat on the Court of Claims was turned down by Lumpkin so that he could remain on the state supreme court. University of Georgia School of Law He co-founded the UGA law school. The school was previously referred to as the Lumpkin School of Law.
However, Lumpkin's name has since been removed from the official name of the school. Lumpkin taught at the law school until the university shut down during the American Civil War. He also served as a trustee for the school for many years.
Death Lumpkin died and was buried in Athens on June 4, 1867.
Member Georgia Legislature, 1824-1826.
Married Callender Greve, February 1821.