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Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - 12:08pm

Former Congressman Dead At 87

Erwin Mitchell, who served two terms in Congress and later was Dalton's city attorney for 25 years, has died at the age of 87.

Mitchell, who died Tuesday at a hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn., represented Georgia in Congress as a Democrat from 1957-61. His death was confirmed by Love Funeral Home in Dalton.

Before going to Congress, Mitchell was a Superior Court judge.

Mitchell, a trial lawyer, helped organize a teacher exchange project that brought bilingual teachers from Mexico to Dalton and Whitfield County to help instruct the area's Spanish-speaking children.

He served as an airman in the Pacific during World War II and was district attorney before becoming a judge.

A memorial service is scheduled for Thursday at 3 p.m. at Dalton First United Methodist Church.