|Birth: ||Apr. 17, 1913|
|Death: ||Oct. 18, 2011|
Hamilton McWhorter Jr.
from: The Athens Banner-Herald, Athens, GA, from October 19 to October 21, 2011, @http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/onlineathens/obituary.aspx?n=hamilton-mcwhorter&pid=154198366&fhid=3631:
Atlanta - Hamilton McWhorter, Jr. passed away Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at the Lenbrook Retirement Community in Atlanta. "Big Hamilton" as he was affectionately known to his family, was born on April 17, 1913 in Lexington to Hamilton McWhorter and Helen Gottheimer McWhorter. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 1934 where he was a member of Chi Phi fraternity. He received his LLB degree from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1936, and practiced law in Lexington with his father until World War II.
A public servant and patriot, he served his local community, the State of Georgia and the United States of America. During and after World War II he served in the Military Intelligence Service. He served as Oglethorpe County attorney, served on the Lexington City Council, and represented a district that included Oglethorpe County in the State Senate in 1961 and 1962. From 1967 to 1992 he served as Secretary of the Georgia Senate.
Though not a politician, Hamilton loved politics. He was a counselor to a number of Georgia governors and other leaders. In addition, he enjoyed traveling and following current events.
Hamilton adored his nieces, nephews and their children and grandchildren, and was adored by them. He loved his family, the University of Georgia and its football team. A lifelong fan, he attended almost every Georgia game until his last few years.
Hamilton was predeceased by his three siblings, Adelaide McWhorter Jordan, of Albany, Sydney McWhorter Jones, of Athens, and Bill McWhorter, of Spartanburg, S.C.; one niece, Nancy McWhorter Irwin; and two nephews, Albert Jones and William Hamilton Jordan. He is survived by two nieces, Helen Jordan Schroder, of Atlanta, and Sydney Jones Flournoy, of Columbus; one nephew, Lawton Jordan, Jr., of Augusta; 15 great nieces and nephews and numerous great-great nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held Saturday, October 22 at 2 p.m. at the Clark Cemetery in Lexington. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to the University of Georgia Foundation, Milledge Centre, Suite 100, 394 South Milledge Ave., Athens, GA 30602-5582. Lord & Stephens East is in charge of arrangements. www.lordandstephens.com.
Service today for Lexington political figure Hamilton McWhorter Jr.
by Don Nelson
from: The Athens Banner-Herald, Saturday, October 22, 2011, @http://onlineathens.com/local-news/2011-10-22/service-today-lexington-political-figure-hamilton-mcwhorter-jr:
Hamilton McWhorter Jr., whose political influence reached beyond his hometown of Lexington to the nation's capital and whose family donated the Shaking Rock Park land to Lexington, died Tuesday at the Lenbrook Retirement Community in Atlanta. He was 98.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. today at Clark Cemetery in Lexington.
Immediately after earning a law degree from the University of Georgia in 1936, McWhorter joined his father's law practice in Oglethorpe County. He enlisted for active duty in World War II, and served in military intelligence. He reportedly worked behind enemy lines before the United States jumped into the war, said Ralph Maxwell, owner and editor of The Oglethorpe Echo in Lexington.
After returning home, McWhorter served on the Lexington City Council. He later won a state Senate seat, representing a district that included Oglethorpe County from 1961 to 1962. From 1967 to 1992, he served as secretary of the state Senate.
McWhorter came by his political bent through the family.
"McWhorter's father, also named Hamilton McWhorter, served in the Georgia House during the 1920s and represented the 50th Senate District during the 1930s. The elder McWhorter served as president of the Senate in 1933, which was before the office of lieutenant governor was created," wrote Maxwell in an Oglethorpe Echo column earlier this week.
"McWhorter's great-grandfather, Robert Ligon McWhorter, served as speaker of the House from 1868-1870," Maxwell reported.
McWhorter's success in politics came from his ability to work with people and get things done, said longtime friend Billy Bryant.
"Ham just had a tremendous influence with folks all across the state," Bryant said. "He was very influential in the state legislature and probably knew every representative in all 159 counties in the state."
McWhorter also worked unselfishly, Bryant said.
"He thought about everybody else before he thought about himself," Bryant said. "He was one of those people who liked to help somebody when they were in need, whatever their need was."
McWhorter's intelligence and willingness to help others combined to make him a popular politician and leader, said friend Clifford Brooks, eight years McWhorter's junior.
"His brain power (made him succeed)," said Brooks. "He was just so smart and did so many things for others, that people began to call on him more and more and more."
Brooks and McWhorter became fast friends in 1941, when McWhorter began dating the roommate of Brooks' girlfriend, Brooks said. Their friendship carried them through more than 50 years of attending UGA football and basketball games and other athletic events together, Brooks said.
"He will not be replaced," Brooks said.
Lord & Stephens East is in charge of arrangements.
Hamilton McWhorter Jr., former Senate secretary
by Christopher Seward
from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Saturday, October 22, 2011, @http://www.ajc.com/news/georgia-politics-elections/hamilton-mcwhorter-jr-former-1207131.html:
When the General Assembly was in session, Hamilton McWhorter would arrive at his state Capitol office at 7 a.m. and often wouldn't leave until midnight.
As the "right hand" to four lieutenant governors, it was Mr. McWhorter's job as Senate secretary to keep track of scores of proposed pieces of legislation going back and forth between the Senate and House chambers and eventually to the governor's desk.
Mr. McWhorter's extensive knowledge of parliamentary procedures and Georgia history, however, was just as prized by lawmakers as his managerial skills.
"He was one of the most important persons in Georgia politics and what has happened in the last century," said former Lt. Gov. and Gov. Zell Miller. "He knew a great, great deal of Georgia history, and he knew a great, great deal about what ought to be done as we moved forward in this new century."
Hamilton McWhorter Jr. of Atlanta died Tuesday at age 98. A graveside service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Clark Cemetery in Lexington, his hometown just south of Athens. Lord & Stephens East is in charge of arrangements.
Gov. Nathan Deal has ordered flags be flown at half-staff Saturday at the state Capitol until sunset in honor of Mr. McWhorter's public and military service.
Mr. McWhorter followed the legislative footsteps of his father, Hamilton McWhorter Sr., who was Senate president in 1933 and a former House member, and his great-grandfather, Robert Ligion McWhorter, who was House speaker from 1868 until 1870.
Mr. McWhorter was a presence in local and state politics for more than 55 years. He first served as a Senate parliamentarian from 1937 to 1938 after graduating from the University of Georgia Law School and then returned as a one-term senator from 1961 to 1962.
His longest stint in state government, however, was as Senate secretary beginning in 1967 and until his retirement in 1992. Senators elect a secretary every two years, and Mr. McWhorter never lost a vote.
He served under five governors and worked closely with two of them when they were lieutenant governor, Lester Maddox and Miller, a four-term lieutenant governor.
"We spent an awful lot of time together, and we were very close," Miller told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "There are very few people that I've known in my life that I have a higher regard for than Hamilton."
Sen. George Hooks, D-Americus, remembered Mr. McWhorter as "a walking encyclopedia on Georgia history and the workings of state government."
"He was a go-to person for what's going on behind the scenes of state government," Hooks said.
Alice Enright, Mr. McWhorter's administrative assistant for 25 years, said he took his job seriously and his work ethic inspired others around him. "He made everyone around him want to do a good job," she said.
In 2003, a Senate resolution marking Mr. McWhorter's 90th birthday said his sound management throughout his tenure as secretary "enabled the lawmaking process of that body to flow more efficiently."
Mr. McWhorter was as passionate about UGA as he was about the Senate. He received his undergraduate degree in 1934 and law degree in 1936. Until declining health slowed him down, he rarely missed a football game at his alma mater and was a fixture on the 54th row at Sanford Stadium, near the 50 yard line.
Helen Schroder, Mr. McWhorter's niece, said he loved to travel after leaving the Senate, especially to UGA games.
Mrs. Schroder said her uncle was a very affectionate person who loved his family. He also loved his hometown of Lexington, where he and his brother and two sisters grew up and where Mr. McWhorter practiced law with their father. He was also city attorney, member of the City Council and attorney for Oglethorpe County.
When he finally announced in October 1992 that he was calling it quits, Mr. McWhorter, then 79, quipped to the AJC, "I believe some people can be of service after they're 75, but if I could vote on it, I wouldn't have them working for the government."
Not only was Mr. McWhorter a public servant, but he also served during and after World War II in the Military Intelligence Service.
Gov. Miller said Mr. McWhorter proved "you can make a real contribution without having to be known and making a lot of fuss. He did it quietly. He did it behind the scenes. He did it very effectively."
At his death, Mr. McWhorter, who never married, lived at the Lenbrook retirement community in Buckhead. He is survived by nieces and nephews.
Hamilton McWhorter (1878 - 1963)
Helen Gottheimer McWhorter (1884 - 1963)
Infant Son of Mr. & Mrs. Hamilton McWhorter (1909 - 1909)*
Hamilton McWhorter (1913 - 2011)
Created by: Samuel Taylor Geer
Record added: Nov 02, 2011
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