Charles R. Odom

President General Pro Tempore




“In Liberty, Equality;
In Reason, Justice”


“Black, Purple, and White”


Without a system of law, without the courts in which it is administered, and without the lawyers and judges to administer it, there is no ordered government, merely anarchy, the antithesis of civilization. No group can lay greater claim to being “the founders” of this republic and its sovereign states and former Colonies and territories over their four and one-half centuries of existence than their lawyers and judges.

Prior to this Society, there was no group recognizing these men and their achievements. Our membership is nearing 600. All members are direct descendants of these lawyers and judges between 1565 and 1861. Not only do our members have a distinguished legal heritage, many are themselves lawyers or judges.

At a time when the majority of the American people were “family farmers” (and often illiterate), as distinguished from planters and patrons, these “gentlemen justices” were the people to whom the general populace had recourse in times of their legal and Governmental difficulties.

The Sons and Daughters of the Colonial and Antebellum Bench and Bar 1565—1861 is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The society operates with the following objectives:

  • to identify and honor the memory of our ancestors who served as judges or lawyers in what is now the Continental United States
  • to collect and preserve records and documents pertaining to the history and genealogy of these ancestors
  • to produce and distribute publications relating to the history and genealogy of these judges and lawyers
  • to encourage patriotism and to engage in related educational, historical, genealogical, patriotic, literary and social activities

Charles R. Odom
President General Pro Tempore, 2018