Biography of Laurence Jefferson Blalock
LAURENCE JEFFERSON BLALOCK. Possessing a large measure of veritable talent, a distinctive intellectuality, and keen mental powers. Laurence Jefferson Blalock, of Americus, is a distinguished member of the Sumter county bar, and one of the leading criminal lawyers of Georgia, his success being due to a systematic application of his abilities to the profession of his choice. A son of Rev. David Blalock, he was born in Louisville, Jefferson county, Georgia, of pioneer stock, his paternal grandparents, natives of South Carolina, having been among the early settlers of Wilkes county, Georgia.

Rev. David Blalock was born, it is thought, in Wilkes county, and as a young man embarked in mercantile pursuits in Augusta, Georgia. Uniting with the Methodist Episcopal church in early manhood, he became a preacher in that denomination, and having, in 1850, joined the Georgia Methodist Episcopal conference held pastorates in different localities. In 1867 the state was divided, and he became a member of the South Georgia Conference, and remained active in the ministry until his death, which occurred in Americus, in 1881, at the age of seventy-two years. The maiden name of his wife was Mary Lalledsteded. She was born in Augusta, of French Huguenot ancestry, and died at the age of fifty years, leaving four children, namely: Emma; Laura; Laurence J.; and Mary.

Acquiring his education in the different places in which his father was settled as a minister, Laurence J. Blalock began earning his living at the age of eighteen years, and for four years was in the employ of the Houston & Texas Central Railroad Company, being located in Texas. Returning then to Georgia, he was engaged in business at Americus as a general merchant for two years. His tastes and ambitions leading him to choose a professional career, Mr. Blalock then began the study of law, for which he was well adapted, and in October, 1875, was admitted to the bar. Locating in Americus, he met with encouraging success from the start, and now holds high rank among the foremost lawyers of the state, his specialty of criminal law having brought him into prominence in legal circles, and won for him an enviable reputation for professional skill and ability.

Mr. Blalock married in 1875, Mary A, Cobb, who was born in Americus, a daughter of Joseph A. Cobb, of whom further account is given elsewhere in this volume. Fraternally Mr. Blalock is a member of Americus Lodge, No. 13, Ancient Free and Accepted Order of Masons, of which he is past master; a member and past high priest of Wells Chapter, No. 42, Royal Arch Masons; and a member, and past noble grand of Sumter Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

William Harden, A History of Savannah and South Georgia, Vol. II, (New York and Chicago, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1913) p. 924-925.

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