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William Bowman Spann, American lawyer.


Spann, William Bowman was born on June 10, 1912 in Savannah, Georgia, United States. Son of William Bowman and Annie Elizabeth (Holversen) Spann.


Bachelor of Arts, Emory University, 1932, Doctor of Laws, 1973. Bachelor of Laws, Harvard, 1935.


Admitted to Georgia bar, 1935, also Supreme Court Georgia, Court Appeals 5th Circuit, Supreme Court of the United States Court bar. Practice in Atlanta, 1935-1981. Associate Alston Foster, Moise & Sibley, 1935-1941.

Partner firm Alston, Miller & Gaines, and predecessors, 1942-1981. Professor of law Woodrow Wilson College Law, 1947-1981. Chairman advisory board Fulton County Juvenile Court, 1953-1963.


Member, director Executive Committee President’ Lawyers’ Committee Civil Rights under Law, 1963-1981. Member visiting committee University of Chicago Law School, 1976-1979. Served to Lieutenant commander of The United States Navy Reserve, 1942-1946.

Fellow American Bar Foundation, American College Trial Lawyers. Member International, Inter-American, Federal, American (Board of Governors 1961-1964, state delegate 1955-1970, chairman house delegations 1970-1972, president 1977-1978, life. Clubs: Capital City, Commerce, Harvard (past president), Piedmont Driving.


Married Theodora Lillian Peterson, February 8, 1946. Children: William Bowman III, Robert Moseley, Karen Elizabeth Marion.

William Bowman Spann

Annie Elizabeth (Holversen) Spann

Theodora Lillian Peterson

William Bowman III Spann

Robert Moseley Spann

Karen Elizabeth Marion Spann