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Walter F. George Letters

Walter F. George Letters

Descriptive Summary

Title: Walter F. George Letters
Creator: George, Walter F. (Walter Franklin), 1878-1957
Inclusive Dates: 1950
Language: English
Extent: 1 folder(s) (2 letters)
Collection Number: RBRL/204/WFG
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: This collection consists of two letters of correspondence between U.S. Senator Walter F. George of Georgia and Ernest A. Lowe, the director of the Division of General Extension at the University of Georgia from 1947 to 1958. The correspondence, written in September 1950, concerns an invitation to George to attend a conference at the University of Georgia on the problems of America's aging population.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Walter Franklin George was born on a farm near Preston, Webster County, Georgia on 29 January 1878. He graduated from Mercer University, Macon, Georgia, in 1900 and from its law department in 1901. He was admitted to the bar in 1901 and commenced practice in Vienna, Georgia . He served as Solicitor General of the Cordele judicial circuit 1907-1912 and Judge of the Superior Court 1912-1917. From that bench he was elevated to Judge of the Court of Appeals of Georgia from January to October 1917. He was again elevated to the bench as an Associate Justice of the State Supreme Court, 1917-1922.

Walter F. George was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1922 to fill the vacancy created by the death of Thomas E. Watson. He was reelected in 1926, 1932, and 1938. 1938 proved to be one of Senator George's toughest re-election campaigns as he opposed some of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal policies, and the president strongly supported his opponent Lawrence Camp. George triumphed, however, and defeated both Camp and Eugene Talmadge. He went on to be reelected in 1944 and again in 1950, serving until January 2, 1957. He was not a candidate for reelection in 1956.

During his years in office Walter George served as president pro tempore of the Senate, chairman of the Committee on Privileges and Elections, the Committee on Foreign Relations, the Committee on Finance, the Joint Committee on Internal Revenue Taxation, the Select Committee on Case Influence, and the Special Committee on Foreign Assistance. Senator George never forgot his rural roots and supported rural legislation such as REA and TVA. After retiring from the Senate in 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower appointed Senator George as special ambassador to NATO. He was still serving in this position when he died in Vienna, Georgia, on August 4, 1957. Walter F. George is buried in Vienna Cemetery.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of two letters written between Senator Walter F. George and Ernest A. Lowe, the director of General Extension at the University of Georgia, in September 1950. The first letter, dated September 11, 1950 is an invitation from Lowe to George to a conference at the University of Georgia on problems of America 's aging population. In the second letter George writes to Lowe declining the invitation.

Organization and Arrangement

The letters are arranged in reverse chronological order.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Walter F. George Letters, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

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Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2008.


Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Democratic Party (Ga.)
George, Walter F. (Walter Franklin), 1878-1957
Georgia -- Politics and government -- 1865-1950.
Legislators -- United States.
United States. Congress. Senate.
University of Georgia. Cooperative Extension Service.

Related Collections in this Repository

Richard B. Russell, Jr. Collection

Herman E. Talmadge Collection


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
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1Two letters written between Senator Walter F. George and Ernest A. Lowe, the director of General Extension at the University of Georgia, in September 1950. The first letter, dated September 11, 1950 is an invitation from Lowe to George to a conference at the University of Georgia on problems of America 's aging population. In the second letter George writes to Lowe declining the invitation