Andrew Jackson Bird
January 21, 1886 - December 31, 1970
|Andrew Bird, farmer, banker, merchant, mayor and legislator was born
in Emanuel County in that section which in 1914 became Candler County.
He was reared on his fathers large farm near Metter, and attended the schools of then Emanuel County and later (1903) the Georgia Normal College and Business Institute in Abbeville.
In 1906 he left the farm and entered the mercantile business in Metter. For many years he was active in the cotton and fertilizer business. In 1910 he established the Citizens Bank of Metter, of which he served as President for twenty years. In 1930 the bank was sold and merged with the Bank of Candler County.
During this period, and for years afterward, he operated Metter Supply Company, which dealt in everything needed on a farm. This was one of the now-vanished stores which sold wholesale and retail --- horses, furniture, buggies, groceries, and hundreds of items which farmers might use. He owned a farm near Metter, with the major crops being corn, cotton, and tobacco.
He was a member, and treasurer, of the New County Committee which worked to create Candler County in 1914 out of Emanuel, Bulloch, and Tatnall counties. He was a member of the town council, and Mayor of Metter for four terms.
He served in both the Georgia House of Representatives and the Senate. He served on the Banks and Banking committees, and was appointed by Governor Dorsey as a trustee to establish and create the Coastal Plain Experiment Station at Tifton, where he served for eight years as Secretary/Treasurer.
He was a member of he Metter Methodist Church and chairman of its board of stewards for twenty-five years.
His wife, Georgia, attended Florida Southern College at Lakeland, Florida. She was the pianist for the Metter Methodist Church for fifty years.