George W. Gage

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George Williams Gage
Associate Justice of South Carolina
In office
1914 – February 13, 1921
Preceded byCharles Albert Woods
Succeeded byJohn Hardin Marion
Personal details
BornFebruary 4, 1856
DiedFebruary 13, 1921 (1921-02-14) (aged 65)
Chester, South Carolina
Spouse(s)Janie Hemphill Gaston
Alma materWofford College (A.B.), Vanderbilt University, Tennessee Institution (L.L.B.)

George Williams Gage was an associate justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court. He was elected on January 15, 1914,[1] to fill the position vacated by Judge Charles Albert Woods upon his becoming a federal judge on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Gage served in the South Carolina Statehouse until he was elected a trial court judge in 1898.[2] He served as a trial judge for the Sixth Circuit until being elevated to the South Carolina Supreme Court.[3] Judge Gage wrote one of the earliest decisions recognizing the "exclusionary rule" in Town of Blacksburg v. Beam, 104 S.C. 145, 88 S.E. 441 (1916). In that opinion he said, "It is better that the guilty shall escape, rather than another offense be committed in the proof of guilt."

Gage was born on February 4, 1856, and he died on February 13, 1921. He is buried at the Evergreen Cemetery in Chester, South Carolina.[4]


  1. ^ R.L. Bryan Company (1922). Reports of the Cases Heard and Decided by the Supreme Court of South Carolina. Columbia, South Carolina: South Carolina. p. 508.
  2. ^ "Judge G.W. Gage has passed away". Evening Post. Charleston, South Carolina. February 14, 1921. p. 1. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  3. ^ "Election Returns". The State. Columbia, South Carolina. January 16, 1914. p. 9. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  4. ^ "Judge George Williams Gage (1856-1921)". Find a Grave. Retrieved November 23, 2014.