Consisting of 11 portraits in two frames and a framed list of all 30 former district attorneys or solicitor generals, the project hangs in the grand jury room at the Frank Moore Administration and Judicial Center. A similar project was presented to Gordon County earlier — the Cherokee Judicial Circuit covers Bartow and Gordon counties.
“First and foremost, I present it to you based on your permission to allow us to do that, and I thank you so much for allowing us to do that,” Campbell said in his presentation to Commissioner Clarence Brown.
“As I have gone further in my service, I realized how important this function is,” he said. “The people that had preceded me and will follow me all deserve respect and honor for their service to the community. I really am proud to be one of them. I wanted, as sort of a lasting legacy to prosecutors, wanted to honor them.”
Louis Tonsmeire Jr. with Tonsmeire Studios worked with the portraits, making them black and white and providing retouching. Campbell said locating portraits for everyone proved difficult.
“Dave Vaughan is the best story about the collection of this,” Campbell said. “Of course, he said he didn’t have very many historical photographs for obvious reasons and so he found a campaign poster. Louis had to work to get all the spots out of it ... But even the greatest thing about the poster is on the back was the vote totals for that election, his first election. He ran as solicitor, and when he got in, he had to get sworn in as district attorney.”
Along with Campbell, present Friday was incoming DA Rosemary Greene and three prior district attorneys — David N. Vaughan Jr., Charles Crawford and Darrell E. Wilson.
“I think it’s quite an honor. I was surprised when it came about and I was glad to be included,” Vaughan said.
Created 180 years ago, the Cherokee Judicial Circuit was the ninth circuit created by the state and originally covered all of northwest Georgia, which was called Cherokee County. The circuit was named when the area was split into 10 counties. Until about 50 years ago, the office of solicitor general — the earlier name for the DA position — was listed on the statewide ballot.
“We got to be the Cherokee circuit and Cherokee went over and got to be in Blue Ridge,” Campbell laughed. “What I did in doing the composite, was I emphasized obviously those attorneys that have served as prosecutors from Bartow and Gordon counties since that is the remaining counties in the circuit.”
The outgoing DA will turn over the reins Monday when Greene, who ran unopposed for the seat, is sworn in as district attorney.
“I’m proud to have done it. I hope that [the project] will be a lasting momento of the service of these folks,” Campbell said.
Thirty people, including incoming District Attorney Rosemary Greene, have served as solicitor general and district attorney for the Cherokee Judicial Circuit since 1832.
• William Ezzard, 1832-1835
• Henry Lightfoot Sims, 1835-1838
• John Henry Lumpkin, 1838-1841
• Thomas C. Hackett, 1841-1844
• Richard W. Jones, 1844-1847
• John J. Word, 1847-1856
• James C. Longstreet, 1856-1858
• James A. R. Hanks, 1858-1859
• James A. W. Johnson, 1859-1863
• Josiah R. Parrott, 1863-1868
• Charles E. Broyles, 1868-1872
• Albert Torrence Hackett, 1872-1880
• James Watkins Harris Jr., 1880-1888
• Augustus Warren Fite, 1888-1896
• Sam P. Maddox, 1897-1908 and 1912-1914
• Thomas C. Milner, 1909-1912
• Joe M. Lang, 1915-1924
• Claude Cleveland Pittman, 1925-1927
• John Chester Mitchell, 1927-1936
• James Hedleson Paschall, 1937-1947
• Warren Akin, 1947-1952
• Harlan Erwin Mitchell, 1953-1956
• Ronald Franklin Chance, 1957-1960
• James Thomas Pope Jr., 1961-1963
• Jere Field White, 1963-1968
• David N. Vaughan Jr., 1969-1976
• Charles Crawford, 1976-1980
• Darrell E. Wilson, 1981-1992
• T. Joseph “Joe” Campbell, 1992-2012
• Rosemary M. Greene, 2013