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Memory Hold The Door, Volume I: 1958–1967

Memory Hold The Door Honorees from 1958 to 1967.

The Honorable George Bell Timmerman (1881–1966)

George Bell Timmerman was born in Edgefield County. He was the son of Washington Hodges Timmerman, a Confederate medical officer, Lieutenant Governor and State Treasurer. He was the father of George Bell Timmerman, Jr., Governor and Circuit Judge of South Carolina.

A graduate of the University of South Carolina Law School, he was elected, at the age of 23, as a Circuit Solicitor, an office he held 16 of his 40 years of active law practice in Lexington. His long public career included service as a member of the House of Representatives; Chairman of the Highway Commission; Trustee of the University of South Carolina; and Chairman of the Board of Deacons of his church.

With an extensive civil practice, he also prosecuted and defended in the criminal courts. He also served as a United States District Judge from 1942 until 1963. His simplicity and directness made him always understood. He observed and came to know people and thus tempered justice with mercy. A student of the Constitution, he championed local government and upheld the law.