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Portrait of the Honorable E. Ladson Fishburne Unveiled


A portrait of the Honorable E. Ladson Fishburne (1883 - 1964) was unveiled in the S.C. Supreme Courtroom on Wednesday, June 25, 2003.  The portrait was donated by the former justice's daughter and will hang in the Supreme Court portrait gallery.

Edward Ladson Fishburne was born in Walterboro on November 4, 1883.  He graduated from the Citadel in 1904 and taught school for 2 years.  Mr. Fishburne later entered the law office of his father, Mr. William Josiah Fishburne, with whom he practiced law for a number of years.  Later he was associated in practice with Major Madison P. Howell, a lifelong friend.

Mr. Fishburne married Miss Mary Patterson Gage, the daughter of Associate Justice George W. Gage and Mrs. Janie Gatson Gage of Chester.  Mrs. Fishburne died in 1946 while her husband was a member of this court. The Fishburnes had two children and four foster children. 

Photo of Justice Fishburne's daughter beside his portrait
Associate Justice E. Ladson Fishburne's Daughter 
with her father's portrait 

Chief Justice Toal greeting members of the Fishburne family
Chief Justice Jean H Toal shares a moment
with the Fishburne family.

Mr. Fishburne also served as Mayor of Walterboro, as a Captain and Major in the South Carolina National Guard, as City Attorney, Chairman of the Red Cross, Honorary State Chairman of the Christmas Seal Sale, a Mason, a member of the South Carolina Bar Association and the American Bar Association.  Mr. Fishburne served as a member of the General Assembly from 1931 to 1935. 

Mr. Fishburne served as an honored and distinguished member of the Supreme Court for 19 years.  He retired on January 1, 1954.