George A. Malcolm

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George Arthur Malcolm (b. November 5, 1881 - d. May 16, 1961) was a young American lawyer who practiced his career in the Philippines. He was a very influential figure in the development of the law practice in the country. He was appointed as the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines (SC). Through his efforts, the College of Law at the University of the Philippines (UP) was established. He was an author of several books and periodicals about his stay and experiences in the country.

He was married to Lucille Margarett Wolf, and was gifted with one daughter named Mary MacKenzie.

Early Life

He was born in Concord, Michigan to Byron Daytona and Carrie MacKenzie Malcolm. He was a graduate of A.B. degree at the University of Michigan and law at the same institution.

Public Servant in the Philippines

After his graduation from the University of Michigan, George Malcolm immediately served in the Philippines as a clerk in the Executive Bureau. He was also a lawyer in the Attorney General's office. Inspite of the resistance from the Board of Regents of the university, he succeeded in establishing a College of Law at the University of the Philippines and became the dean until 1917. When President Woodrow Wilson appointed him to the Supreme Court of the Philippines. While serving as as associate justice he witnessed the inauguration of the Philippine Commonwealth. He was the Legal Adviser of the United States High Commissioner.

Books Written

  • American Colonial Careerist: Half Century of Official Life and Personal Experience in the Philippines and Puerto Rico. Boston: Chritopher Pub. House, 1957.
  • Cases on Constitutional Law. Manila: Lawyers Cooperative, 1936.
  • The Commonwealth of the Philippines. New York: Application Century, 1936.
  • Constitutional Law of the Philippines Islands Together With Certain Studies in Field of Comparative Constitutional Law. Manila: Lawyers Cooperative, 1926.
  • First Malayan Republic: The Story of the Philippines. Boston: Christopher Pub. House, 1951.
  • Legal Ethics. Manila: Oriental Commercial, 1923.
  • Legal and Judicial Ethis Adopted for the Philippines. Manila: Lawyers Cooperative, 1949.
  • Municipal Code and Provincial Government Act. Compiled, edited and annotated by G. Malcolm. Manila. Bureau of Printing, 1911.
  • Philippine Civics: A Textbook for Schools of the Philippines. 3rd rev. ed. New York: Application & Co., 1924.
  • Philippine Government by G.A. Malcolm and Maximo M. Kalaw. Boston: D.C. Health & Co., 1932.
  • Revised Ordinances of the City of Manila. Compiled, revised and annotated by G.A. Malcolm. Manila; Bureau of Printing, 1908.


  • Agabin, Pacifico, Commemorative Essays : The Union of Law Deans. 35 PLJ No. 5, 1439 (Nov. 1960).
  • Asa, Leon L. Handmaid of the Law and Classics of the Bar. 14 Lawyers Rev No. 3, 5 ( Mar. 31, 2000)
  • Carag, Carlo A. Malcolm and the Rule of Law : A Structured Recollection. 56 PLJ No. 2, 169 (June 1981)
  • Extemporaneous Speech of Former Dean George A. Malcolm Before the Student Body of the U.P.College of Law on December 2, 1960. 35 PLJ 1549 (Nov. 1960)
  • Fernando, Enrique M. The Enduring Contributions of Justice Malcolm to the Law on Habeas Corpus. 47 PLJ 417 (July 1972). ; UST Law Rev 3 (Feb-Mar. 1974)
  • Fernando, Enrique M. Malcolm on Judicial Review : Its Relevance Under a Parliamentary Regime. 49 PLJ 425 (Sept. 1974)
  • Francisco, Vicente J. Friend and Builder of the Philippines. 22 Lawyers J 562 ( Nov. 30, 1957)
  • Francisco, Vicente J. Justice George A. Malcolm. 26 Lawyers J 34 ( Feb. 28, 1961)
  • George A. Malcolm. 20 Lawyers J 469 ( Oct. 31, 1955)
  • Justice Malcolm Departs. 7 Lawyers J 827 ( Oct. 31, 1939)
  • Malcolm, George A. Christmas Messages: Christmas Greetings from the Chief Executive. 34 Lawyers J No. 12, 413 ( Dec. 31, 1969)
  • Golden Jubilee Messages : Founder’s Message. 35 PLJ 1251 (Nov. 1960)
  • Greetings From our Founder. 35 PLJ 5, 1249 (Nov. 1960)
  • It Pays to Know the Law. 16 Lawyers J 5, 206 ( May 31, 1951)
  • Legal and Judicial Ethics. 25 PLJ, 456 (Mar. 1950)
  • A Message from Justice George A. Malcolm. 30 PLJ No. 1, 171 (Feb. 1955)
  • A Sensible Approach to the Doctrine of Stare Decisis is Gaining Ground. 7 Lawyers J 785 ( Oct. 15, 1939)
  • We Should Build For the Future. 7 Lawyers J 832 ( Oct. 31, 1939)
  • Malcolm in Private Law. 25 PLJ 1, 457 (March 1950)
  • Orations and Response Delivered at the Memorial Service for George Arthur Malcolm on July 14, 1961 at the Law Theater. 36 PLJ No. 4, 413 (Sept. 1961)
  • Republic Act No. 1386, Adopting the Honorable George A. Malcolm as Son of the Philippines and conferring upon him all the rights, privileges and prerogatives of Philippine citizenship. 20 Lawyers J 512 ( Oct. 31, 1955)
  • Roman, Restituto B. Malcolm in Public Law. 25 PLJ No. 1, 446 (Mar. 1950)
  • The Supreme Court Through the Years. 1 Barristers Bul No. 3, 1 (June 1989)

Later Years

After serving at the Supreme Court of the Philippines, and the U.S. High Commissioners, he was appointed as Attorney-General of Puerto Rico. After a dispute with Governor Rexford Tuwell in 1942, he later settled in his native land and made occasional visits to the Philippines. On May, 1961, he died at the age of 79, in Los Angeles.


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