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Walter Glasco Charlton


"Charlton, Walter Glasco, jurist and lawyer, was born in Savannah, Ga., June 5, 1854. His father was Robert Milledge Charlton and his mother, Margaret Shick. Inheriting from his paternal ancestors a legal cast of mind, he was duly admitted to the Bar; and from the office of solicitor-general he rose to the Bench, becoming twice Superior Court Judge of the Eastern Circuit . . . . [I]n addition to some very graceful occasional poems, he is the author of several historical monographs and pamphlets, among them: 'The Making of Georgia' and 'Oglethorpe,' the substance of the latter being contained in an address which he delivered before the Legislature of the Commonwealth." [Edwin Anderson Alderman & Joel Chandler Harris (eds.), Library of Southern Literature 80 (New Orleans: Martin & Hoyt Co., 1910)(1907)(Vol. 15, Biographical Dictionary of Southern Authors, 1929)]

"WALTER GLASCO CHARLTON, youngest son of Robert M. and Margaret Charlton, was born in Savannah, Georgia, on June 5, 1851. He attended school in Savannah, and in Hancock county, Georgia, and Baltimore county, Maryland, under Richard Malcolm Johnston. In 1869 he matriculated at the University of Virginia, and came to the bar of the eastern circuit on January 22, 1873. In that year he became associated with Albert R. Lamar in the office of solicitor-general. In 1877 he was appointed reporter of the circuit; and in 1880 was elected solicitor-general. On February 11, 1908, he was appointed judge of the eastern judicial circuit and elected to that office during that year. In 1912, he was again elected. On February 11, 1874, he married Mary Walton, daughter of Richard Malcolm Johnston. He has filled several political positions, among them chairman of the Democratic party in Chatham for several years. His people have been Democrats literally from the day the party was formed. He is the author of several essays on epochs in Georgia history, and has delivered numerous speeches on occasions of historic celebrations. He has occasionally indulged in verse. His ancestors on both sides are identified with the history of Georgia and the United States. The Maryland Charltons held Mason and Dixon's line against Pennsylvania for many years. His great-grandfather Charlton volunteered in the Revolutionary forces in 1775, and his great-grandfather, John Shick, who afterward became a prosperous and prominent man, fought at the siege of Savannah, having his right arm shot off by a cannon ball from the British. Judge Charlton is at present president of the Georgia Society of the Cincinnati and of the Georgia Society of the Revolution." [William Harden, A History of Savannah and South Georgia 558-559 (Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1913)]


Walter Glasco Charlton, Historical Addresses ([Savannah: Georgia Society of Colonial Dames of America], 1900-1909?)


Walter Glasco Charlton, The Making of Georgia: Ogelthorpe ([Savannah, Georgia]: Georgia Society of the Colonial Dames of America, 1898)