Emory Speer

Emory Speer ( born September 3, 1848 in Culloden, Monroe County, Georgia, † December 13, 1918 in Macon, Georgia ) was an American politician. Between 1879 and 1883 he represented the state of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Emory Speer received a good basic education. At the age of 16, he took off in 1864 as a soldier in the army of the Confederacy at the final stages of the civil war in part. Then he studied until 1869 at the University of Georgia in Athens. After studying law and qualifying as a lawyer in Athens, he began to work in his new profession. Between 1873 and 1876 he was Attorney General ( Solicitor General ) of the State of Georgia.

In 1876, Speer ran unsuccessfully for Congress yet. In the congressional elections of 1878 he was then as an independent candidate in the ninth constituency of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Hiram Parks Bell on March 3, 1879. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1883 two legislative sessions. For the 1882 elections, he was not confirmed.

Between 1883 and 1885, Emory Speer was United States Attorney for the northern part of Georgia. From 1885 until his death in 1918, he served as a judge at the Federal District Court for the Southern part of the state. At the same time he was 1893-1918 Dean of the Faculty of Law, Mercer University. He died on December 13, 1918 in Macon, where he was also buried.