Justice Robert Benham
Georgia Supreme Court Justice Robert Benham is the first Black to establish a law practice in Bartow County Georgia and the first Black to win a statewide election in Georgia since reconstruction when voters chose him for the Georgia Court of Appeals.
In December 1989, Governor Joe Frank Harris appointed Benham to the Supreme Court of Georgia in 1989, when he yet again became the first - the first African American to serve on the state's highest court. Since his statewide election to the court in 1990, Benham has served as one of the seven justices.
The 1967 Tuskegee University political science graduate went on to attend Harvard University and graduated from the University of Georgia, Lumpkin School of Law and the University of Virginia.