O. M. "Monk" Redding, born in Haralson County in 1913, lived most of his life in Carroll and Douglas counties, where he operated several restaurants. The most famous was the Rock Inn Cafe near Villa Rica.
Redding was elected in a wide-open race in 1956. The most famous case of his term took place in 1958 when Billy Homer Ferguson was charged in the slaying of television repairman Luke Brown. Ferguson was sentenced to death four times in the case.
Redding, whose deputies included James R. Rainwater and J. B. Cooper, won re-election in 1960 over Claude Abercrombie, Red Hembree and Floyd Terry. He died of a heart attack in July 1963.