Former Georgia congressman Mitchell dies at 87

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Posted: Sep 14, 2011 3:44 PM
Former Georgia congressman Mitchell dies at 87

Former Georgia Congressman Erwin Mitchell has died at the age of 87.

Mitchell served two terms on Capitol Hill, representing the state as a Democrat from 1957-61. He died Tuesday at a Chattanooga, Tenn., hospital. His death was confirmed by Love Funeral Home in Dalton, where he served 25 years as city attorney.

Before going to Congress, Mitchell was a Superior Court judge. As a trial lawyer, he helped organize a teacher exchange project that brought bilingual teachers from Mexico to Dalton and Whitfield County to help instruct the area's Spanish-speaking children.

Mitchell served as an airman in the Pacific during World War II and was district attorney before becoming a judge.

A memorial service is scheduled Thursday at 3 p.m. at Dalton First United Methodist Church.