Judge Maddox of GA

Rome Georgia Judge John W Maddox Genealogy

Judge John W. Maddox, congressman, mayor

from the front page of the "Rome Tribune-Herald" for September 28, 1922

    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.
    During his illness hope for his recovery has grown and waned as his condition alternately gave promise of recovery or seemed to be but the prelude to early death and during that time the people of his commnity have struggled with him in spirit against the approach of the end.
    Judge Maddox was a native son of Georgia.  As a lawyer and jurist he stood in the front ranks of bar and bench in the state.  As a soldier of the Confederacy, he made an honorable record and as a citizen he was one of the state's representative men.

Sketch of His Life

    He was born in Chattooga county on June 3, 1848.  He gained his early education in the schools of his county and enlisted in the Confederate army when only 15 years of age and was wounded three times during his service with the Southern troops.
    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.

Notice Confederate Veterans:

    Members of Floyd County Camp No. 368, United Confederate Veterans, are requested to meet at the Daniel undertaking rooms at 3:40 o'clock this afternoon, to attend in a body the funeral of Judge John W. Maddox.--Joseph A. Sharp, commander; I.D. Gailliard, adjutant.
  --submitted by Cherilyn Maddox Johnson, Farmington, Michigan