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Duncan Maysilles

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834596

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807877937_maysilles

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Attorney General Hart, the National Farmers Union, and the Search for a Remedy, 1907–1910

Attorney General Hart, the National Farmers Union, and the Search for a Remedy, 1907–1910

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(p.170) 7 Attorney General Hart, the National Farmers Union, and the Search for a Remedy, 1907–1910
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Ducktown Smoke
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Duncan Maysilles

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807877937_maysilles.12

This chapter focuses on Attorney General John C. Hart's great legal victory for the state in Georgia v. Tennessee Copper Co., in which he enjoyed neither the sense of finality nor the financial rewards of an ongoing billable case. There was a time when Georgia's attorneys general received fees for court appearances. That ended when the state constitution of 1877 placed the office on a salaried basis. Hart earned $2,000 per annum from the state, a handsome salary compared to the earnings of laborers at the time, but a pittance compared to the large fees received by the corporate lawyers he regularly bested. His income bore no relationship to his caseload. Georgia's constitution mandated that Hart's understaffed office handle every appeal of capital murder cases and every civil claim to which the state was a party. As Hart's caseload increased, his income remained flat.

Keywords:   John C. Hart, great legal victory, sense of finality, financial rewards, billable case, court appearances

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