Rome Georgia Judge John W Maddox Genealogy
Judge John W. Maddox, one of Rome's leading residents and a
distinguished citizen of Georgia, passed away at 6:30 o'clock last night at his
home on Third avenue, after an illness of several months, in which he battled
bravely for the life that meant so much to his family and his friends, to the
people of his city and his state.
He began the study of law at the age of 27 years and was admitted to practice at Summerville in 1877.
Judge Maddox was elected to the superior court bench at Rome in 1886. He had held the offices of mayor of Summerville, member of the board of county commissioners of Chattooga county and member of the lower house of the legislature from that county. Afterwards he was sent to the state senate and won a seat in Congress from the Seventh district in 1892.
In that body he represented his district ably and conscientiously but finally retired from the office, refusing to be a candidate in 1905, owing to impaired health. He then resumed his law practice, in conjunction with his son, G.E. Maddox in Rome. He held the office of mayor of Rome, was president of the State Mutual Life Insurance Company of this city, and at the time of his death was county attorney.
His record as a Democrat won him a place as delegate from the state at large to the national Democratic convention at St. Louis in 1904, and he was a member of the committee on rules and chairman of his delegation.
His record in the army gave him the honor of being the state commander-in-chief of the Confederate veterans.
Surviving children of Judge Maddox are his daughter, Mrs. Thomas O. Hand, and his sons, George Edward [sic] [other records show this son as George Edmondson after his mother's family], James, John, D., [sic] [possibly John D. is the same as J. Dickson?], Linton, Frank and Robert.
Judge Maddox was a member of the Masonic order having reached the Commandery in that order. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Rome, a consistent Christian, of upright character, kindly heart and sterling habits.
Funeral services will be held at the residence on Third avenue at 4 o'clock this afternoon, with Rev. Dr. E.R. Leyburn, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, officiating, and interment will be in Myrtle Hill cemetery.
--submitted by Cherilyn Maddox Johnson, Farmington, Michigan