By the end of the 1870’s, Atlanta’s population had grown to over 37,000 and in 1881 the Atlanta Constitution reported that Atlanta was in the midst of the greatest boom she had ever seen. It was into this boomtown environment that a young, first year lawyer from the University of Virginia moved. He set up shop, hung out his shingle and began to practice law in Atlanta. Unfortunately, he soon learned that the practice of law in a fast-paced city was not to his liking and he found himself faced with a decision that would change his future and, surprisingly, the future of America. It’s the tale of a dream job that proved to be a nightmare on this week’s Stories of Atlanta.
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