Friday, May 17, 2013

George W. Lackey, Attorney 1863-1954

 Photo  taken prior to their 60th wedding
anniversary in 1951

Lawrence County News March 11, 1954 

George W. Lackey, 90, Lawrence County's oldest attorney in both age and years of practice, died at his home at 702 State Street late Monday, after more than a year of illness. Mr. Lackey fell on the post office steps December 26, 1952, breaking a hip, and was incapacitated since that time.

Mr. Lackey was born in Russell Township on November 4, 1863, a son of James and Susanna Seitzinger Lackey. Except for such time as he was in attendance at school, he was a lifelong resident of the County. He was married to Miss Theresa Whitenack on April 1, 1891, who with four children survives him. 

Mr. Lackey's life was one of hard work and activity. He graduated from Central Normal College, Danville Indiana, and immediately entered upon an educational career, teaching school, during which time he organized the first high school courses in the Lawrenceville schools. He was elected County Superintendent of Schools in 1892, serving one term.

After his term is Superintendent Mr. Lackey held the position of mail inspector on the railroads, and during that time he studied law, and also read law under F. C. Meserve, P. W. Barnes, and I. A. Judy, being emitted to the bar in 1898. He was elected state’s attorney in 1900 and was a fearless prosecutor, it being his contention that a prosecutor didn't win all his cases but that transgressors got tired of being brought into court.

Mr. Lackey worked up the idea of a Township high school and was instrumental in the establishment of the one at Lawrenceville, serving for many years as president of the board. Seeing the need for hospital, Mr. Lackey began many years ago to study ways and means for establishing one for the County, and worked hard to get the present institution. He was also instrumental in getting Lawrence Township Park, arranging for the acquisition of the necessary land from the Hennessy heirs. In this and many other civic affairs he donated his legal services.

He was a member of the Lawrenceville Chamber of Commerce from the time of its organization and served for several years as a director and as president. He helped organize the Farmer’s State Bank, and the Peoples Building and Loan Association, and in many ways assisted in the civic affairs of the County.

Mr. Lackey was an ardent Democrat, and was once candidate for the office of Circuit Judge. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge for 61 years, serving several years as master of the local Lodge. He had taken other degrees in masonry to the 32d. He was also a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge. Mr. Lackey was a consistent worker in the church and was for many years a teacher of an adult class at the Evangelical United Brethren Church.

 His legal practice was almost all done alone. He was for short time associated with J. D. Madding, and for a few years with his son George A. Lackey; and he continued his practice as long as he was able to be about the court house.

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