Friday, March 20, 2009

Herbert Is No Angel


This is Herbert Eugene Clay. He was the son of Senator Alexander Stephens Clay. Senator Alexander S. Clay’s likeness is a statue in Glover Park on the Square in Marietta. Herbert looks like a little cherub here.

When Herbert Eugene Clay grew up he became mayor of Marietta and after that a circuit judge of north Georgia. Having been mayor of Marietta and also having been a circuit judge to judge over crimes being brought to trial in north Georgia you would think Herbert would be a law abiding citizen would you?

Wrong! He was one of the main instigators, master planners, and ring leaders of kidnapping Leo Frank out of a Milledgeville state prison in 1915 and lynching him in Marietta.

I am reading a book about that terrible ordeal, so more will probably follow.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Si's blog said...

Ready for more.

I was no angel either, but nothing like this.

You are related to everyone in
Georgia so you must be related to ol' Herb, also.

8:25 AM  
Blogger ET said...

Si,
No, to the best of my knowledge I am not related, although my Trammel kin back then ran around with him.

Like I say, I am not related, but we used to stop in their yard every day walking home from school to relieve ourselves in the bushes - always number 1, and sometimes number 2 - what does that make us - bush Kin?

8:39 AM  

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