Nathan Deal orders flags lowered for Hamilton McWhorter Jr.

Gov. Nathan Deal has ordered that flags on the grounds of the state Capitol be lowered to half-staff on Saturday, in honor of Hamilton McWhorter Jr., the longtime secretary of the Senate, who died Tuesday at age 98.

See the order here.

McWhorter was a notable figure in state politics for five decades – though he served but a single term in the state Senate as an elected official. From 1967, he was the Senate secretary in charge of tracking the flow of that chambers legislation – and refereeing more than a few disputes.

He served under five governors and worked closely with two of them when they were lieutenant governor — Lester Maddox and Zell Miller. He was very close to Miller, who presided over the Senate for 16 years.

The funeral is Saturday in Lexington, Ga., in Oglethorpe County. Click here for a link to the detailed obituary by my AJC colleague Chris Seward.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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4 comments Add your comment

tom mitchell

October 21st, 2011
1:01 pm

I knew Hamilton McWhorter and he really was a dedicated and unassuming man who always wanted to do everything correctly and without attention. Our State could use a lot more like him.

findog

October 21st, 2011
1:31 pm

and he was a democrat

5th District Conservative

October 21st, 2011
1:43 pm

Everybody was a Democrat in 1967, plus there are plenty of honorable and dedicated Dems in Georgia. In fact, I am married to one.

Schultzie

October 23rd, 2011
12:15 am

Findog: and your point is…?

To Mr. McWhorter’s family, our prayers are with you.