Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 092 McCracken PostonReflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 092 McCracken Poston

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 092 McCracken Poston

Descriptive Summary

Title: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 092 McCracken Poston
Creator: Poston, McCracken King, 1959-
Dates: 2009 November 24
Extent: 1.0 interview
Collection Number: RBRL/220/ROGP
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: McCracken Poston gained his first political experience as a law student campaigning for Buddy Darden’s run for Congress. In 1988 he ran a successful campaign for the Georgia House of Representatives, where he stayed until 1996. He then made a bid for Congress against Nathan Deal, which he lost. Poston returned to Ringgold, Georgia to practice law, and serve as juvenile court judge on the Lookout Mountain Circuit. As a criminal defense attorney, Poston famously and successfully defended Alvin Ridley, who had been charged with imprisoning and killing his wife, and Ray Brent Marsh, in the Tri-state Crematory case. In this interview, Poston discusses his political career, including his working relationship with Speaker Tom Murphy and his efforts to pass an ethics reform bill. He also shares his experience practicing law in high profile cases.

Collection Description

Biographical note

McCracken King Poston was born in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia on October 24, 1959, and was raised in Graysville, Georgia. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee in 1982, and graduated from the University of Georgia Law School in 1985. During law school, he campaigned for Buddy Darden, who was running for congress. Upon graduation, Poston worked as an assistant district attorney in the Lookout Mountain Circuit. In 1988, he ran a successful campaign for the Georgia House of Representatives. In 1996 he left the Georgia General Assembly and made an unsuccessful run for congress against Republican Nathan Deal. Poston returned to Ringgold, Georgia to practice law, and serve as juvenile court judge on the Lookout Mountain Circuit. As a criminal defense attorney, Poston famously and successfully defended Ray Brent Marsh in the Tri-State Crematory case and Alvin Ridley, who had been charged with imprisoning and killing his wife.

Scope and Content

McCracken Poston talks about his early years in Graysville, GA and his first political experience campaigning for Buddy Darden in his bid for Congress. He addresses his experience working with Georgia House Speaker Tom Murphy and his efforts to pass an ethics reform bill. Poston also discusses his later career practicing law, defending high profile cases like that of accused murderer Alvin Ridley and Ray Brent Marsh in the Tri-state Crematory case.


Administrative Information and Restrictions

Custodial History note

Reflections on Georgia Politics began in the fall of 2006 at Young Harris College, as a lecture and discussion program hosted by Georgia political veteran Bob Short. In late 2007, the Richard B. Russell Library began producing the program as an oral history video series to further illuminate and personalize the tectonic shifts that occurred in Georgia politics in the late twentieth century.

Preferred citation

Reflection on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 092, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

Copyright Information

Resources may be used under the guidelines described by the U.S. Copyright Office in Section 107, Title 17, United States Code (Fair use). Parties interested in production or commercial use of the resources should contact the Russell Library for a fee schedule.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared by Russell staff, 2013.


Related Materials

Access Points

Apportionment (Election laws)--Georgia.
Darden, George, 1943-
Georgia--General Assembly--House of Representatives.
Lawyers--Georgia.
Murphy, Thomas Bailey, 1924-2007
Oral histories.

Related Collections in this Repository

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection 060 Harold Murphy


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

ROGP 092 McCracken Poston video, transcript, and interview index in OHMS Access Online
ROGP 092 McCracken Poston video, 2009 November 24 (Extent: 144.0 minutes ) Access Online
ROGP 092 McCracken Poston PDF transcript, 2009 November 24 Access Online