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W. Colbert Hawkins, Sr. Papers

W. Colbert Hawkins, Sr. Papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: W. Colbert Hawkins, Sr. Papers
Creator: Hawkins, W. Colbert
Inclusive Dates: 1965-1969
Language(s): English
Extent: 1 box(es) (0.25 linear feet)
Collection Number: RBRL/327
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: W. Colbert Hawkins, Sr., was a lawyer in Sylvania, Georgia and a Superior Court Judge, Ogeechee Judicial Circuit. The His papers include correspondence with Georgia politicians, the legal community, and the business community (1965-1969).

Collection Description

Biographical Note

William Colbert Hawkins, Sr., was born in 1914 near Social Circle in Walton County, Georgia. He graduated from Monroe High School in 1932. He received his A.B. degree in 1937 from the University of Georgia, followed by his J.D. in 1939. He married Katrine Rawls Hawkins, and the couple had two children, Cathy and William "Bill" C. Hawkins, Jr. Hawkins practiced law in Sylvania from August 1939 to February 1969, when he was appointed Judge of the Superior Court, Ogeechee Judicial Circuit, by Governor Lester Maddox. He retired as Senior Superior Court Judge in March 1984.

Hawkins served as Major, Army Air Corps, in World War II, and as Colonel, JAGC, USAR Reserve, before retiring in 1974. He was assigned as Reserve Military Judge, Army Trial Judiciary (1964-1974). He was a member of the Georgia House of Representatives (1951-1952 and 1955-1958) and served as Floor Leader (1957-1958). He was a member of the State Programs Study Committee (1955) and the State Democratic Executive Committee (1955-1958).

Hawkins died on February 8, 2003, Statesboro, Georgia, at age 88.

Source: "Judge William C. Hawkins" [obituary]. The True Citizen. 12 February 2013. Web. 17 March 2015.

Scope and Content

The W. Colbert Hawkins, Sr. Papers contain his correspondence with Georgia politicians, the legal community, and the business community. Topics include his apointment to the Superior Court, Ogeechee Judicial Circiut, in 1969, appointments in Georgia courts and State Bar leadership, the creation of a Division of the United States District Court at Stateboro and his work on political campaigns.

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Preferred citation

W. Colbert Hawkins, Sr., Papers, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

Conditions Governing Use

Library acts as "fair use" reproduction agent.

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Finding Aid Publication

Finding Aid prepared by Mat Darby, 2015.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Judges -- Georgia.
Lawyers -- Georgia.
Political campaigns -- Georgia.

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Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Correspondence, Appointment to Superior Court

11Correspondence, Appointment to Superior Court, 1969 February

Personal Letters

12Personal Letters, 1965-1969