Closing Arguments: A Memoir

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Mercer University Press, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 247 pages
As a member of the "Greatest Generation," Buckner F. Melton was born at the end of the great depression, raised as a poor preacher's kid in the Deep South, served in the Navy during two wars, had a full career as a lawyer, and served in public office. He also spent a huge amount of time working for various civic and chartable causes and economic development in Macon and the state of Georgia. Using many episodes in his life, Melton weaves a memoir that is both informative and warm. His days growing up will bring life to a bygone era. His service in the navy will delight and inspire. The first time he sees his future wife reminds one of a 1950s romance movie. This book is the story of his life, on the one hand private, and one the other in public service. Serving the city as mayor and in many other capacities, Melton transformed a city from its troubled past into a city with a future.
 

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Contents

Photographs xiii
1
Family Ties
5
B F
12
The War Years
20
Surrender and Sequelae
42
Law School Days
51
Law Practice The Early Days
55
The Korean War
62
Sell Melton
124
Observations on Lawyers
127
A Lawyer at Work
130
Business Activities
138
The Good Times
144
Buildings
158
Macon Economic Growth
187
Politics and Politicians
199

Tommie
75
Building a Law Practice
85
City Attorney
90
Mayoral Campaign
100
Mayor19751979
105
Matters Philosophical
213
Appendixes
219
Index
227
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