Former U.S. Rep. and Dalton native Harlan Mitchell dies

photo Harlan Erwin Mitchell

Harlan Erwin Mitchell, 87, a former U.S. congressman and native of Dalton, Ga., passed away Tuesday.

The son of a Dalton lawyer, Mitchell followed in his father's footsteps, earning a law degree in 1948 after serving as an airman in the Pacific during World War II.

He was district attorney for the Cherokee Circuit and was elected judge at the age of 31, making him Georgia's youngest Superior Court judge.

He served two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, relinquishing his seat in 1961 to run for the state Senate. He left state politics to become Dalton's city attorney, a position in which he served for more than 25 years.