Joseph Henry Lumpkin (December 23, 1799 - June 4, 1867) was an American lawyer, educator and first Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court.

Early LifeEdit

Lumpkin was born Lexington, Oglethorpe County, Georgia, the son of John Robert Lumpkin (c1762-1834) and Lucy Elizabeth Hopson (1764-1843). His brother was Georgia Governor and United States Senator Wilson Lumpkin (1783-1870).

He attended the University of Georgia and graduated with honors from Princeton College (now Princeton University) in 1819 and was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1820.

Lumpkin served in the Georgia General Assembly 1824-1825 and in 1830 assisted in the creation of the Georgia state penal code. Upon the creation of the Supreme Court of Georgia in 1845, Lumpkin was elected as one of three initial justices and the court's first chief justice.


Justice Lumpkin married in Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia on February 27, 1821 Callender Cunningham Grieve, daughter of Miller Grieve and Sarah Grantland.


Five Generation Pedigree
Great grandparents
2nd Great grandparents
Joseph Henry Lumpkin John Robert Lumpkin (c1762-1834) George Lumpkin (c1723-c1799) Robert Lumpkin (1688-1784) Jacob Lumpkin (1644-1708)
Ann (c1649-?)
Elizabeth Anderson (1702-?) Anderson
Mary Cody (1729-c1800) James Cody, Jr. (c1700-c1769) James Cody
Sarah Womack Womack
Lucy Elizabeth Hopson (1764-1843) Henry Hopson (1732-1825) William Hopson Hopson
Susan Ragland Ragland
Martha Neville (1738-1810) James Neville (1686-1752)
poss. child of John
John Neville (1662-1733)
Miss Weeks
Lucy Thomas (1696-?) Thomas

Death and BurialEdit

Justice Lumpkin died in Athens, Clarke County, Georgia at the age of 67. His burial place is uncertain.

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