Amanda Mayhayley Lancaster

Amanda Mayhayley Lancaster

Franklin, Heard County, Georgia, USA
Death 22 May 1955 (aged 79)
Franklin, Heard County, Georgia, USA
Burial Roosterville, Heard County, Georgia, USA
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Amanda Mayhayley Lancaster (October 18, 1875, to May 22, 1955) (her tombstone reads November 22nd as her death) was an American lawyer, fortune teller, political activist and teacher best known for having participated as an attorney in two of Georgia's most high-profile murder trials, involving defendants Leo Frank in Marietta and John Wallace in Coweta County.
Amanda was the first woman to run for office in the Georgia legislature in 1926. She did not win.

Mayhayley Lancaster was 39 years old in 1915, during the Leo Frank case, a widely-known miscarriage of justice exacerbated by anti-semitism, in which the Jewish defendant, on flimsy evidence, was falsely accused of murdering 13-year-old employee Mary Phagan. Thirty-two years later, in 1947, the 71-year-old Mayhayley Lancaster took part in the Wallace trial, later described in the book Murder in Coweta County. In the 1983 same-titled made-for-TV movie, she was portrayed by 54-year-old June Carter Cash whose husband, Johnny Cash, played the key role of the persistent sheriff determined to bring to justice the arrogant millionaire John Wallace (Andy Griffith).

Mayhayley Lancaster died five months before her 80th birthday. In addition to her legal, political and educational activities, she was also described as a noted fortune teller, numbers runner and self-proclaimed "Oracle of the Ages".

Interesting is the fact that people leave 4 quarters and a dime on her headstone. This was said to be the fee she charged for telling people their fortunes. One dollar for herself and a dime for her pack of dogs.

Bio by: Susan Smith

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