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Stirling Price Gilbert Papers

Identifier: MC 7

Scope and Contents

This collection includes his published autobiography, A Georgia Lawyer, His Observations and Public Service, now held in the Archives reference collection; a manuscript (circa 1948), diplomas of family members (4 items, 1853-1911); the Supreme Court of Georgia Memorial to Justice Stirling Price Gilbert (February 13, 1952); and two scrapbooks of newspaper clippings (1884-1946), many of which deal with his actions on the bench. His autobiography deals with his father, a country doctor in Stewart County and Price's childhood there; his service in the Georgia General Assembly; riding the judicial circuit; “Old Columbus Days”; the Georgia Supreme Court; and general topics. His manuscript, “What Price Section Bias?”, traces sectionalism from the early Republic through the Civil War to a discussion of segregation, the right to vote and the poll tax, the anti-lynching law, the Fair Employment Practices Commission, and Wage Standards.


  • 1884 - 1952
  • 1853

Biographical / Historical

Born and reared in Stewart County, Georgia, Stirling Price Gilbert (1862-1951) graduated from Vanderbilt in 1883 and Yale Law School in 1885, practiced law in Atlanta and Columbus, served as a state legislator from Muscogee County (1888-91), as solicitor and judge (1908-16) of the Chattahoochee Superior Court Circuit, and as an associate justice of the Georgia Supreme Court from 1916 until his retirement in 1937.


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See the Stirling Price Gilbert and Stirling Price Gilbert, Jr. Collection held at the Atlanta History Center. Collection deals primarily with the period after the older Gilbert was appointed to the Georgia Supreme Court. It also contains material relating to land in Russell County, Alabama.
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Repository Details

Part of the Columbus State University Archives and Special Collections Repository

4225 University Ave
Columbus Georgia 31907 United States