PRESERVING CLINTON: Historian designates part of estate to restore relocated building

The Johnson Law Office that was moved to a new location earlier this year will be restored, thanks to an unexpected endowment by one of Clinton’s biggest supporters. 

William Lamar Cawthorn Jr., a noted attorney and historian who dedicated much of his career to the study of Clinton, died March 16. Cawthorn’s master’s thesis, titled “Clinton: County Seat on the Georgia Frontier, 1808-1821,” was just the beginning of his relationship with the historic Jones County town.

Cawthorn lived in Eufaula, Ala. but he was one of the founding members of the Old Clinton Historical Society. The historian was a descendant of some of the early families of Clinton, and it appeared that the town was never far from his heart.

OCHS member Deloras Moon said the organization recently learned that Cawthorn had funds in his will for restoration of the Johnson Law Office, and members are thrilled at the news. 

Patsy Childs is the granddaughter of Judge Richard Johnson, whose law office is one of the oldest law offices in the South. She, along with Cawthorn, was instrumental in the preservation and move of the law office in January. 

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