James Zachariah George

 1826 - 1897

James Z. George was a Southern jurist, soldier and legislator, b. Monroe co., Ga. He moved to Mississippi in 1834 and, after serving in the Mexican War, became a prominent lawyer. He was long a reporter and later (187981) chief justice of the state supreme court. A signer of Mississippi's secession ordinance and a Confederate brigadier general in the War for Southern Independence, he was a leader in the struggle for Southern rights in Mississippi during the Reconstruction period. He later defended his views on the floor of the U.S. Senate, where he served from 1881 until his death. Known in Mississippi as the Great Commoner, he played an important role in, and was the only Democrat to take part in, drafting the Sherman Antitrust Act (1890).  He strove always to protect his state and the South from federal interference.