Memory Hold The Door
The Honorable George Duncan Bellinger, Jr. (1888–1963)
George Bellinger was born in Barnwell County, the son of a distinguished and courageous South Carolina Attorney General of the same name. He was a fourth generation lawyer, having descended from Edmund Bellinger of the 1832 Nullification Convention and from landgrave Edmund Bellinger who, in 1698, was the Surveyor General of the Carolinas.
He attended Clemson College and graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1910. He served as Richland County Attorney, Probate Judge of Richland County for 24 years, Judge of the Fifth Judicial Circuit (Richland and Kershaw) for 25 years and, at times, he sat as a special Associate Justice on the South Carolina Supreme Court.
As a bachelor, Judge Bellinger gave his life to public service. He belonged to many fraternal, civic, and professional organizations, also. Recognizing the importance of heritage and tradition, he instituted annual memorial exercises in the Richland County Circuit Court.
He was a loyal friend, a churchman, an able lawyer, an astute judge, and devoted to the law.