Biography of Sidney Douglas Dell
SIDNEY DOUGLAS DELL. Broad-minded, talented, and progressive, Sidney Douglas Dell, a young and leading attorney of Hazlehurst, has acquired distinction in legal circles, both at the bar and the bench, his advancement along professional paths having been swift, while each step has been creditable to him both as a man and as a lawyer. A native of Georgia, he was born, August 18, 1885, in Sylvania, Screven county.

His father, John C. Dell, was for many years a prominent attorney of Screven county, and a citizen of influence. A stalwart supporter of the principles and policies of the Democratic party, he contributed largely towards the advancement of its cause, representing his district in the state legislature; serving as chairman of the Democratic executive committee of Screven county, and, in 1896, being delegate at large to the convention that first nominated William J. Bryan for the presidency. He married Fannie Sharpe, of Screven county, and to them seven children were born, as follows: Jesse, private secretary to the quarter master general at Washington, District of Columbia; E. P., who is reading law at Hazlehurst with his brother Sidney; Nellie P., wife of Dr. W. B. Mell, formerly of Effingham county, but now residing in Sylvania; Mary, who conducts a circulating library at Sylvania, Georgia; Sidney Douglas; and two that have passed to the higher life.

After a thorough preliminary course of study in his native town, Sidney D. Dell was sent to Washington, District of Columbia, and was there graduated from the academic department of the Georgetown University. While in that department, he spent his evenings in reading law, and subsequently entered the law department of that institution, from which he was graduated in 1908. The years previous to that date, Mr. Dell had, in addition to keeping up with his academic and legal studies, served as stenographer for the Southern Railway Company's treasurer, a position which he retained until November, 1908, when, on account of the illness and death of his mother, he was called home. Remaining to settle up the family estate, Mr. Dell concluded to locate permanently in Georgia. On January 24, 1909, he continued his studies at Mercer University, in Macon, where he was graduated on June 2, 1909, and on the same day was admitted to the Georgia bar, and likewise to practice in the United States circuit court before Hon. Emory Speer. On June 15, of the same year, Mr. Dell was admitted to practice in the appellate court of Georgia, and he has, in addition to all this, license to practice in the courts of the District of Columbia.

On June 7, 1909, Mr. Dell began to practice of his profession at Hazlehurst, and about a month later was appointed trustee in bankruptcy by the referee of bankruptcy of the eastern division of the southern district of Georgia in the celebrated Gilmore case, which, on account of the many intricate legal points involved, was one of great importance. In January, 1910, Mr. Dell became associated with Judge H. A. King, becoming junior member of the firm of King & Dell, which was recently dissolved. In November, 19, Mr. Dell was made judge of the city court of Hazlehurst, and has the honor and distinction of being one of the youngest judges on the bench. Especially well informed in regard to the law of bankruptcy and insolvency, Mr. Dell is prepared to handle bankruptcy cases in both Baxley and McRae.

Mr. Dell married, June 30, 1909, Miss Sadie Norman, daughter of Rev. Robert R. and Mary Norman, of Wilkes county, Georgia. Both Mr. and Mrs. Dell are valued members of the Methodist church. Fraternally, Mr. Dell is a member and the secretary of his lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Order of Masons; and belongs to the Knights of Pythias.

William Harden, A History of Savannah and South Georgia, Vol. II, (New York and Chicago, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1913) p. 962-963.

Submitted by: Joy Fisher

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