By Tinsley E. Yarbrough
An eighth-generation Charlestonian with a prestigious deal with, impeccable social credentials, and years of intimate organization with segregationist politicians, U.S. District court docket pass judgement on Julius Waties Waring stunned kin, acquaintances, and a whole nation in 1945 while, at age sixty-five, he divorced his spouse of greater than thirty years and embarked upon a far-reaching problem to the main primary racial values of his local zone. the 1st jurist nowa days to claim segregated education "inequality in keeping with se," Waring additionally ordered the equalization of lecturers' salaries and outlawed South Carolina's white basic. Off the bench, he and his moment wife--a twice-divorced, politically liberal Northerner who was once much more outspoken in her political opinions than Waring himself--castigated Dixiecrats and southern liberals alike for his or her safety of segregation, condemned the "sickness" of white southern society, instructed a whole breakdown of state-enforced bars to racial intermingling, and entertained blacks of their domestic, changing into pariahs in South Carolina and arguable figures nationally. Tinsley Yarbrough examines the existence and occupation of this attention-grabbing yet missed jurist, assessing the debate he generated, his position within the early historical past of the fashionable civil rights move, and the forces motivating his repudiation of his earlier.
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When he later learned that he was no longer under consideration for the position, he and other members of the Charleston bar promoted Robert McC. Figg as an alternative to Waring. 56 On October 1, 1941, after Maybank's election but before he had joined Senator Smith in Washington, Smith visited Attorney General Francis Biddle and presented him with a list of ten potential nominees. Christie Benet, a prominent Columbia lawyer, appeared first on the list; Waring's name appeared second. 57 In early November, Attorney General Biddle wrote Maybank, seeking the new senator's impressions.
15 As a private attorney, Waring had handled admiralty litigation and regretted that such cases did not constitute a greater portion of his caseload on the federal bench. However, two of his more interesting civil cases did arise in the waters around Charleston. In one, a ship, the Southport, broke loose from its docking at a cotton storage and compressing firm, drifted down the Cooper River, and collided with a dry dock owned by the federal government and a shipyard company, causing over $60,000 in damages.
I kind of gasp . . not only at the incredulity but the effrontery of the thing. It shocks me. 10 In protracted litigation involving one Louis Dabney Smith, a Jehovah's Witness minister, Waring's frustrations about the sect—and the darker, intolerant side of his personality—came bubbling to the surface. Smith was a former University of South Carolina student living in Columbia. He claimed to be a Witness minister, but the local draft board classified him 1-A. When his administrative appeal efforts failed, he was ordered to report for induction.
A Passion for Justice: J. Waties Waring and Civil Rights by Tinsley E. Yarbrough