South Carolina Supreme Court Justices

Edward Ladson Fishburne
Date Born: November 4, 1883

 Date Died: January 30, 1964

Place Born: Walterboro, SC

Place Buried: Walterboro, SC


Associate Justice 1935 - 1954

Edward Ladson Fishburne was born on November 4, 1883 in Walterboro, SC, the son of William Josiah Fishburne and Mary (Carn) Fishburne. He graduated from The Citadel in 1904.

Edward Ladson Fishburne then taught school for two years while continuing his study of law. After passing the SC bar in 1907, he entered the legal profession with his father, a distinguished SC lawyer. After his father's death, he then partnered with Madison P. Howell, a longtime friend.

Edward Ladson Fishburne also served as Mayor of Walterboro, as a Captain and Major in the SC National Guard, as City Attorney, Chairman of the Red Cross, Honorary State Chairman of the Christmas Seal Sale, a Mason, and a member of the SC Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

Edward Ladson Fishburne married Mary Patterson Gage, daughter of SC Supreme Court Chief Justice George Williams Gage and Janie Hemphill (Gaston) Gage, of Chester County; they had two children and also adopted four children.

In 1930, Edward Ladson Fishburne was first elected one of two men to represent Colleton County in the SC House of Representatives of the:
- 79th General Assembly that met from 1931 to 1932
- 80th General Assembly that met from 1933 to 1934
- 81st General Assembly that met from 1935 to 1936

On March 29, 1935, Edward Ladson Fishburne was elected as an Associate Justice on the SC Supreme Court, replacing John Gates Stabler, who had been elected Chief Justice. He resigned from the House of Representatives on April 4, 1935. He continued as as Associate Justice on the SC Supreme Court until he retired on January 1, 1954.

On January 30, 1964, Edward Ladson Fishburne died at a hospital in Charleston, SC, and he was buried in Walterboro, SC.

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