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Our History: Featured Alumni: Browning, George L., Postgrad 1899

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George L. Browning

Judge, Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals

George L. Browning was born in Rappahannock County, Virginia in 1867. He was educated in the public schools of Rappahannock County and taught school there for several years. Later, he attended Georgetown University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Law degree. He then undertook post-graduate work in law at the University of Virginia. In 1899 he formed a partnership with James Hay and opened a law office at Madison Courthouse, Virginia. This partnership ended when Hay was made judge of the United States Court of Claims. Judge Browning then moved his practice to Orange, Virginia in 1909. In 1914, he had been elected to the Virginia House of Delegates from Orange County, Virginia and served there for two terms. He continued his law practice in Orange until he was elected to the Supreme Court of Appeals on February 19, 1930. Judge Browning was a member of the Supreme Court for over seventeen years until his death in 1947.