Logan Edwin Bleckley
L.E. Bleckley, A Letter to Posterity
4 The Green Bag 49 (1892)
The following biographical sketch of Logan E. Bleckley
is found in Mildred Lewis Rutherford, The South in History
and Literature, A Handbook of Southern Authors From the Settlement
of Jamestown, 1667, to Living Writers 744-745 (Atlanta: Franklin-Turner
Logan E. Bleckley was born in Rabun county, Georgia, in 1827.
He was the son of James and Catherine B. Bleckley, both natives
of North Carolina. On his father's side he was descended from
the English, and on his mother's side from the German.
When quite a young boy he used to assist his father in copying
his law papers, and this gave him a love for law. His education
was very meager, only a few months in the year he attended the
county schools, and then supplemented this by study in his father's
office from books loaned by lawyers from adjoining counties.
He was nineteen when he began to practice and his fees for the
first two years amounted to only thirty-five or forty-five dollars.
During the War between the States he entered as a Confederate
soldier, "taking a course," as he expressed it, "in
the noble art of homicide." On account of ill health he
was honorably discharged, and offered his services as legal
advisor. In 1864 he was made reporter of the Supreme Court;
in 1875 Judge of the Supreme Court, and finally Chief Justice.
He was twice married; in 1857 to Miss Caroline Haralson, and
in 1893 to Miss Chloe Herring. He had three children by his
first marriage, and four by the second—all boys except his
oldest child, Kate, now Mrs. Culberson, of Atlanta. He was a
man of many idiosyncrasies; he wore his hair long because, as
he said, Moses wore his long, and it protected, too, the neck;
he liked cucumbers and wrote poetry about them, esteeming them
the wholesomest of all vegetables; he often waded barefooted
after he was Judge of the Supreme Court in the streams of North
Georgia, enjoying it as would a boy; he entered the freshman
class at the University of Georgia when he was over seventy-three
years old to study arithmetical values. His ideas on religion
were not orthodox; he believed in what he called the "law
of right." He was always seeking for the light and never
found it. . . .
Judge Bleckley was regarded by the legal fraternity as one
of the greatest lawyers ever born in the State of Georgia.
Logan E. Bleckley was a justice of Georgia state supreme
court from 1875 to 1880 and again from 1887 to 1894. He died in
Clarkesville, Georgia on March 6, 1907. He is buried at Oakland
Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia.
Logan E. Bleckley
The New Georgia Encyclopedia
Logan E. Bleckley, Former
Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court
The Green Bag (1903)
Logan E. Bleckley
Logan E. Bleckley
The National Cyclopaedia of Biography
County, Georgia History
County State Historical Marker
Logan E. Bleckley, "In the Matter of Rest," 4 Green
Bag 17 (1892)(also appearing in 14 Green Bag 336 (1902); 15 Green
Bag 558 (1903); 22 Green Bag 605 (1910)
______________, "Oh, Lady, Lady, Lady!" 4 Green Bag
______________, "The Groom and Bride Each Comes Within,"
6 Green Bag 483 (1894)
______________, "Farewell to the Law,"15 Green Bag
______________, "In the Depths of the Night," 15 Green
Bag 559 (1903)
Poetry, Writings, & Bibliography
A Memorial of Logan Edwin Bleckley by the Georgia
Bar Association (Macon, Georgia: Georgia Bar Association, printed
by J.W. Burke Company, 1909)(Macon, Georgia: Mercer University
Bleckley, Logan Bleckley's Granddaughter
Court of Appeals of Georgia