Former Black U.S. Attorney Ed Tarver marked historic first for Georgia

Written by on February 13, 2024

Edward J. Tarver, the Augusta attorney who became the first Black U.S. attorney for the federal Southern District of Georgia, has died. 

Tarver, 64, also represented the Augusta area’s District 22 in the Georgia Senate from 2005 to 2009, helping round out a full life of public service. His death was announced Friday after developing complications from a December surgery.

A 2017 Savannah Morning News editorial called Tarver “one of the best U.S. attorneys in a long line of professional prosecutors who have held this important . . .

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