Famous Maddox's

Men and Women Known for their Civilian Accomplishments

Atlanta Baseball Player Greg Maddux

Gregory Allen Maddux
became the first pitcher in baseball history to win the Cy Young Award four consecutive seasons.  Since 1967, the award has been given each season to the best pitcher in each of the two major leagues.  Maddux, who plays in the National league, won the award for the 1992, 1993, 1994, and 1995 seasons.  He also had the lowest earned run average in major league baseball for the 1993, 1994, and 1995 seasons. He is a right-handed pitcher known for his ability to change the speed of his pitches and to pitch with excellent control.

  In 1995, he walked less than one batter for every nine innings he pitched.  Maddox also won seven consecutive Gold Glove Awards, from 1990 to 1996, as the best fielding pitcher in the National League.

Maddux was born in San Angelo, Texas in 1966.  He made his major league pitching debut with the Chicago Cubs in 1986.  He pitched for the Cubs through 1992 when he became a free agent.  He then signed with the Atlanta Braves.  --Dave Nightingale, World Book Encyclopedia

Lester Maddox - the Pickwick Politician of the South

Georgia Governor Lester Maddox
, something of an anti-hero in the 1970s, was known for his segregationist views and gained national notoriety for his outspoken ideas and and at home for his actions to clean up Georgia politics.  He was a complex man on the national scene. 
Maddox died at age 87, Jun 25, 2003 after complications from a fall.

But in the South, he spoke for a great many white people of his day and the days before him.  We have a detailed biography in our Deep South Section.

Know a Great Country Doc?  Dr. Paul Maddox, 74, of Campton, Ky, has treated more than 1.5 million patients and delivered 6000 babies.  He has been paid in yams or molasses--or not at all--but never turned away a patient.  And he missed only a few days of work recently while being treated for lymphoma.  Maddox has witnessed great changes in 46 years of doctoring.  "Measles, mumps, whooping cough and polio are rarely seen now," he notes.  Paul Maddox was named Country Doctor of the Year by Staff Care, which will provide a physician to fill in so he can take a week off.  -Parade Magazine  3/5/2000

Airline Pioneer

Californian Jack Maddux founds MADDUX AIRLINES in 1927.  This man had the largest fleet of old Ford Tri-Motor aircraft in the the country. Click for the full story of his pioneering fleet and the eventual creation of TWA.   NEW!

Fort Worth Marshal Jim Maddox.   This sheriff of our surname was a man whose WORD was the LAW.  One of more than a dozen highlighted in the July 20, 1938 edition of the now defunct Fort Worth Press.

They fought Drunken Cowboys, Quelled Saloon Brawls

Jim Maddox
took office in 1891 and stayed until 1897 when Mr. Reah took over as sheriff for an eight year tenure.  When Maddox returned in 1905, the office title was changed from city marshal to police chief.

Mr. Maddox reign was sprinkled with saloon shootings, topped by the assassination of District Atty. Jeff McLean shortly after the turn of the century.  Mr. McLean, crusader against gambling, was shot to death by Bill Thompson, a gambler, in front of The Stag at First and Main.  The gambler also wounded mortally a pursuing officer before he was cornered in Roe's Lumber Yard.  Critically wounded when arrested, Thompson was taken to City Hall.  Chief Maddox protected him from a lynching mob.  He died in jail several days later.  (Quoted from newspaper article.)

Walter T Maddox.  Another Maddox served as Sheriff in Fort. Worth, beginning in 1880.

Texas Sheriff Truman Maddox
, well known in the Lone Star State, made a name for himself in thirty years of law enforcement, died recently.  More on Truman Albert Maddox..

Charles Manson, California mass murderer...born with a Maddox name!   No kidding.   See page on the Maddox link.

Georgia Congressman John W. Maddox (1848-1922) of Rome Georgia; US Representative. Mayor and Judge.  More on JW Maddox...

Maddox Brothers and Sister Rose
- a 1930s-50's country band.  The big name from the country music act was Rose Maddox, a flamboyant
country music pioneer who earned a Grammy  nomination late in life for her autobiographical "$35 and a Dream.,"  Maddox, who died at age 71,  hit it big after World War II when she toured with   her four brothers as The Maddox Brothers and   Rose. They were billed as "The Most Colorful  Hillbilly Band in America."  Maddox had a reputation as a lusty firebrand, with  uptempo songs such as "Hangover Blues" and "Pay  Me Alimony." Her musical styles ranged from  hillbilly to rockabilly to gospel.   Known for her colorful Western costumes,  Maddox once shocked a Grand Ole Opry  audience by appearing on stage with a bare midriff,  a stark contrast to her sometimes staid female contemporaries.  "Kitty Wells would stand up there and not even  move," said biographer Johnny Whitesides. "Rose  would get on stage and high-kick and  shimmy-shake. That drove people crazy."
At its height, her group played the Las Vegas Strip and the Grand Ole Opry and toured with Elvis  Presley, Hank Williams and Marty Robbins. Among its biggest hits were the Woody Guthrie  song "Philadelphia Lawyer, "Tramp on the Street"  and "Whoa, Sailor."
The band broke up in 1956 amid a changing music scene and Maddox's brothers settled down, but  Maddox kept singing. Among her solo hits in the late 1950s and early '60s were "Sing a Little Song of Heartache," "Gambler's Love," "Kissing My   Pillow" and "Bluebird, Let Me Tag Along."  Link on the band...  -from  Associated Press

Atlanta Mayor Robert F. Maddox, a wealthy turn of the century banker, civic leader.  Maddox owned a rambling Tudor style mansion called "Woodhaven".  The house was eventually razed to make room for the Georgia Governor's Mansion but the estate in Atlanta still holds the Maddox name.  (Note readers:  we could use more on Mayor Maddox.)

Alabama Supreme Court Justice Hugh Maddox has served on the Alabama Supreme Court since 1969. Prior to his appointment to the court, he served as Legal Adviser to three Alabama governors from 1965-1969; served as the Assistant District Attorney of Montgomery County in 1964; and was appointed as Special Circuit Judge and Circuit Judge of Montgomery County in 1963. From 1961 to 1965, Justice Maddox worked in private practice in Montgomery. He also served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952- 1954, and is a Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve (retired). Justice Maddox has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Troy State University at Montgomery, Auburn University at Montgomery and the Jones School of Law, and is the author of a legal treatise, The Alabama Rules of Criminal Procedure.  Justice Maddox received both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Alabama, earning an A.B. in Journalism in 1952 and his J.D. in 1957. 

Tallahassee Mayor Scott Maddox
, elected Mayor in 1995 after have served on the Tallahassee Fla City Commission since 1993.  Maddox owned a marketing research firm.


Dr. Cordell Maddox, president of Carson-Newman College retired after 22 years in that post in July 1999.  Maddox was senior college president for both the state of Tennessee and Southern Baptist-affiliated schools.  Maddox, a native of LaGrange, Georgia, came to Carson-Newman in the summer of 1977 after serving as president of Anderson College in South Carolina. A graduate of Furman University and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, in  Louisville, Kentucky, he took over the helm of Carson-Newman, which had a declining enrollment of 1,518 students and a budget deficit of over $350,000. After more than two decades of Maddox's leadership, enrollment this fall reached an all-time high of  2,336, an increase of 54 percent with 11 consecutive semesters of  record enrollment. The College has also finished every fiscal year of his tenure with an excess of revenue over expenditures.

Sir John Maddox,
who recently retired  having served 23 years as the editor of Nature, is a trained physicist, who has served on a number of British Royal Commissions on environmental pollution and genetic manipulation. His books include Revolution in Biology, The Doomsday Syndrome, Beyond the Energy Crisis, and the forthcoming What Remains to be Discovered: The Agenda for Science in the Next Century (The Free Press, US; Macmillan, UK).

 Dr. Richard Leach Maddox, an English physician, worked on photo-micrography and wrote on  various photographic topics, but it was not until 1871 that his greatest contribution to the science of photography was made. Up to his time, wet collodion plates were being used. These required that coating, exposure and development be done whilst the solution was still wet, and soon the need for pre prepared plates became evident.

Maddox, a photography enthusiast, first started looking around for a substitute to collodion when he found his health being affected by the ether vapour of the collodion process. In an article in the British Journal of Photography for 8 September 1871 he suggested a process whereby the sensitizing chemicals could be coated on a glass plate in a Gelatin emulsion, instead of wet collodion. Probably he had no idea at the time of the significance his discovery would have on the future of photography. In 1901 Maddox received the Royal Photographic Society's Progress Medal for inventions that led to the foundation of the dry plate and film industry. He had freely made his ideas known, and never patented the process; sadly he ended his days in poverty.  Maddox was b. 4 August 1816; d. 11 May 1902  © Robert Leggat, 1999, Westminster College, Oxford UK.  With permission. 

Maddox Enters Educational Hall of Fame
Debate Coach Betty Jessie Maddox, a graduate of Morris Brown College in Atlanta and 1960 graduate of Spencer High, was inducted into the Georgia Forensics Coaches Association's Hall of Fame in Atlanta (June 2000).  This Maddox  taught English in Griffin and Atlanta Public Schools for twenty four years.  She was noted for "Star Teacher" on five occasions, "Teacher of the Year" by her peers, and featured in Who's Who Among America's Teachers.  Her specialty was as debate coach and molding champion debaters who went on to earn full college scholarships.  Betty Maddox retired in 1996  but went on to consult for Atlanta Schools and remained active in forensics.  This Maddox has been an activist in the United Methodist Women and other significant activities.

Find Maddox's recognized for their Military Service in Military Maddox chapter.

Invitation to submit names

This feature story section is reserved for those very special people with interesting stories and accomplishments--things any Maddox would find it interesting to know, "I have a distant cousin who...."

We are open for submissions here and invite you to do so by EMAIL to the Webmaster.  This section is for good stories about people who carry the Maddox name by birth, marriage, or other (present and past).  Yes, we're looking for civilian Maddox's who were recognized for achievements, trailblazing, or whatever made them uncommon and notable.  Did one of your Maddox kin serve in government, head a university or large company, or have some other interesting story?   Perhaps what they did is what many people did, but you have enough information to let them be a great illustration for a common experience people should know about--whether it was traveling by covered wagon, burying a child who died of diphtheria, losing sons to a war, working in a coal mine, or being a great preacher or sheriff in a small town.  Can your story help us piece together the grand saga of how Maddoxes lived and built our nation?

Write it up and submit it via EMAIL.  Including some genealogy of ancestry or descendants is good, but mostly we want to know what was interesting about them besides that they are ancestors?   A picture would be terrific to go with some copy, but not absolutely necessary.  Typically, people whose stories made the papers or magazines are very good candidates for this section.  They are people who have been, or should have been recognized.  Perhaps they're already famous in their regions.  Perhaps they should be.  We do like to illustrate page length stories with photos of the subject, his/her descendants, maps, historic landmarks, gravestones, etc., so look for them as you prepare your submissions.  Webmaster reserves editing or inclusion rights and may require documentary evidence.   EMAIL Webmaster with your idea or best yet, your prepared material.