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A. L. Burruss was an extraordinary, compassionate, self-effacing, and personable man. He was the eldest of eleven children and son of a painter and carpenter whose family moved to Smyrna, Georgia in the 1930s. After high school, the Navy trained him as a refrigeration machinist and the imaginative and hard-working Burruss used his skills to start a refrigeration business. Eventually Burruss bought out one of his clients-a partner with Tim Top Poultry in Marietta, Georgia-and helped the company to become immensely successful. Despite his prosperity, Burruss ran for political office as "a way to help others" and achieved political prominence in Cobb County and the Georgia House doing so. This book, filled with images and stories, celebrates A. L. Burruss: A man who referred to himself as a "simple chicken plucker," his life, and his 22-year career in public service.



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Kennesaw State University Press


Kennesaw, GA


cobb county, georgia house, smyrna, politician, tip top poultry


Nonfiction | Political History | Public History

A.L. Burruss: The Life of a Georgia Politician and a Man to Trust