|Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia|
February 18, 1885 – December 13, 1918
|Appointed by||Chester A. Arthur|
|Preceded by||John Erskine|
|Succeeded by||Seat abolished|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Georgia's 9th district
March 4, 1879 – March 3, 1883
|Preceded by||Hiram Parks Bell|
|Succeeded by||Allen D. Candler|
September 3, 1848
|Died||December 13, 1918 (aged 70)|
|Resting place||Riverside Cemetery|
|Political party||Independent Democrat|
|Education||University of Georgia (A.B.)|
Emory Speer (September 3, 1848 – December 13, 1918) was a United States Representative from Georgia and a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia.
Education and career
Born on September 3, 1848, in Culloden, Monroe County, Georgia, Speer received an Artium Baccalaureus degree in classical studies in 1869 from the University of Georgia and read law. He entered the Confederate States Army in 1864 at the age of sixteen as a volunteer in the Fifth Kentucky Regiment, Lewis brigade, and remained with that command throughout the American Civil War. He was admitted to the bar and entered private practice in Athens, Georgia from 1869 to 1883. He was Solicitor General for the State of Georgia from 1873 to 1876.
Speer was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the 45th United States Congress to fill the unexpired term of United States Representative Benjamin Harvey Hill. He was elected as an Independent Democrat from Georgia's 9th congressional district to the United States House of Representatives of the 46th and 47th United States Congresses, serving from March 4, 1879, to March 3, 1883. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1882.
Following his departure from Congress, Speer resumed private practice in Atlanta, Georgia from 1883 to 1885. He was the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia from 1883 to 1885.
Federal judicial service
Speer was nominated by President Chester A. Arthur on January 19, 1885, to a seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia vacated by Judge John Erskine. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on February 18, 1885, and received his commission the same day. His service terminated on December 13, 1918, due to his death in Macon, Georgia. He was interred in Riverside Cemetery in Macon.
- Removal of Causes from State to United States Courts, 1888.
- Lectures on the Constitution of the United States before the law class of Mercer University, J.W. Burke Co., 1897.
- Lincoln, Lee, Grant, and other biographical addresses, 1909.
- "Emory Speer". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 2009-04-13.
- Emory Speer at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
- History of the University of Georgia, Thomas Walter Reed, Imprint: Athens, Georgia : University of Georgia, ca. 1949 pp.878-882
- Rines, George Edwin, ed. (1920). Encyclopedia Americana. .
|U.S. House of Representatives|
Hiram Parks Bell
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 9th congressional district
Allen D. Candler
| Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia