Biography from UGA Libraries:
Marcus Wayland Beck was born April 28, 1860 in Harris County, Georgia. He attended the University of Georgia where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated in 1881 with an A.B. and in 1882 received an LL.D. degree. After being admitted to the bar in 1883, Beck began practicing law in Jackson County.
Beck became active in Democratic politics and served as a Georgia state senator from 1889 to 1890. After leaving the Senate, he became Solicitor General of the Flint Circuit in 1892 and in 1894 served as judge for that same circuit. In 1898, Beck resigned this position in order to join the Spanish-American War. He became a major in the 3d Georgia Infantry and served in the army of occupation in Cuba.
After the war, Beck moved to Griffin until 1905 when Governor Terrell appointed him as associate justice of the Georgia Supreme Court. On October 1, 1917, he became the presiding judge, a position he maintained until illness forced him to retire in 1937. It is in this role that Beck is most well known for his judicial opinions. He was also appointed as the first member of an advisory appellate council that consulted with both the courts and the Attorney General concerning judicial questions. During his career, Beck was also on the Board of Consulting Editors of the American and English Encyclopedia of Law and Practice.
On December 13, 1888, Beck married Caroline R. Ellis in Marietta, Georgia and the couple had four children. He died in Milledgeville, Georgia on January 21, 1943.
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