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Julius Bishop Papers

Julius Bishop Papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Julius Bishop Papers
Creator: Bishop, Julius, Mayor, 1915-2008
Inclusive Dates: 1963-2005
Language(s): English
Extent: 1 box(es)
Collection Number: RBRL136JB
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Location: 32108050395238

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Julius F. Bishop was born in Athens, Georgia on July 1, 1915 the son of Julius Frederick Bishop and Mattie Lou McLeory. As a native of Athens he graduated from Athens High School and attended the University of Georgia. At the university he played on the baseball team and was a pitcher for the 1934-1936 seasons. In October 1936 he married his highschool sweetheart Dorothy (Dot) Prickett. After graduating from the university Julius got a job at the post office. While working at the post office he happened on an opportunity to purchase a shipment of baby chicks that had been sent COD. This purchase would begin a part time business raising and selling poultry.

Julius served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and after the war he returned to the poultry business and went full time his company named the Colonial Poultry Company. The business continued to prosper and eventually became the company known as Bishop's Hatchery and Athens Poultry Inc. During the 1950's Bishop became interested in the banking and real estate business. He served as a member of the board for the National Bank of Athens and later resigned that position when he was elected president of Athens Federal Savings and Loan.

In 1962 Julius ran for the office of mayor of Athens and won the election. He served as mayor from 1964 to 1976. During this time he was recognized by the people of the city of Athens for his "effective leadership in building a better Athens". His leadership abilities found Julius being asked to serve on a variety of boards and committees. Included on that list was the Department of Industry and Trade, the Board of Regents for the University System of Georgia, Athens Regional Hospital Authority, the University of Georgia Department of Research, Athens Federal, Athens Tech, and the Young Harris Methodist Church where he and Dot attended church.

Dot and Julius had four daughters-Betty, Barbara, Linda, and Miriam who gave them eleven grandchildren. On June 17, 2005 they celebrated their 65th marriage anniversary together. At that time they had eight great grandchildren and three more on the way. Julius Bishop died at his home on July 7, 2008 at the age of 93.

Scope and Content

The Julius Bishop artifact collection consists of memorabilia collected by Bishop as mayor of Athens and as member of the various committees and boards which he served on. The collection consists of a program, a photograph, certificates, resolutions, appointments, and commissions which were presented to Bishop during his years of public service.

Organization and Arrangement

The artifacts collection is contained in one box consisting of two folders of memorbilia accompanied by a bigraphical sketch of Bishop and two plaques.

Administrative Information

Preferred citation

Julius Bishop Artifact Collection, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

Copyright Information

Before material from collections at the Richard B. Russell Library may be quoted in print, or otherwise reproduced, in whole or in part, in any publication, permission must be obtained from (1) the owner of the physical property, and (2) the holder of the copyright. It is the particular responsibility of the researcher to obtain both sets of permissions. Persons wishing to quote from materials in the Russell Library collection should consult the Director. Reproduction of any item must contain a complete citation to the original.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Athens-Clarke County (Ga.) -- Politics and government.
Mayors -- Georgia.
Poultry industry.
University System of Georgia. Board of Regents

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Series I. Artifacts

1Biography: Julius Bishop "90 Years of Living", 1915-2005
11Program: Appreciation Banquet , 1976
11Photograph: First Proclamation as Mayor, 1964
11Certificate(s): Improving Local Government Effiency; Honorary Management Fraternity, 1974,1980
11Certificate(s) of Appreciation: Board of Regents of University System of Georgia; Executive Advisory Board Member for Athens Area Vocational Tech.
11Certificate(s) of Award: Vice President for The Georgia Municipal Association; District Manager for The Georgia Municipal Association, 1964-1966
11Resolution(s): House Resolution 445; House Resolution 916; City of Athens Resolution., 1987, 1982, 1975, 1979
11Certificate of Recognition: University of Georgia Foundation, not dated
11Appointment: Member of the Board for Hospital Authority of Clarke County, 1984
12Resolution: Adapted by the Stockholders of First National Bank of Athens, 1979
12Certificate: Member of State Democratic Executive Committee of Georgia, 1962
12Commission(s) by Governor of Georgia: Board of Community Development; Georgia World Congress Center Authority(1975); Lieutenant Colonel, Aide De Camp, Governor's Staff; Member, Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia; Georgia World Congress Center Authority(1974)., 1963-1981
1Plaque: Revenue Certificate from Hospital Authority for Clarke County, 1978
1Plaque: Tribute from Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, 1986