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Robert Toombs Oak

 
 
Robert Toombs Oak Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, February 10, 2008
1. Robert Toombs Oak Marker
Inscription. A majestic oak tree once stood on this spot and one of the University's most endearing legends also flourished here.

Robert Toombs (1810-1885) was young, and boisterous when he was dismissed from Franklin College in 1828. Five decades later it was said that Toombs returned on the next commencement day after he was expelled and spoke so eloquently under the tree that the entire audience left the chapel to hear him. Later, it was said, that the tree was struck by lightning on the day Toombs died and never recovered. The tree finally collapsed in 1908 and the remains were cut into mementos that have since been handed down by alumni.

Robert Toombs was a lawyer, planter and statesman. He served in the Georgia House 1837-1840, 1842-1845, in the U.S. Congress 1845-1853, the U.S. Senate from 1853 until he resigned in 1861. Toombs was Secretary of State of the Confederacy then a brigadier general in the C.S.A. He also played a major role in Georgia's Constitutional Convention of 1877.

Marker erected at direction of General Assembly resolution approved March, 1985.
 
Erected 1987 by Georgia Department of Natural Resources. (Marker Number 029-15.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location.
Robert Toombs Oak Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 30, 2009
2. Robert Toombs Oak Marker
Located on the south side of Demosthenian Hall
33° 57.406′ N, 83° 22.508′ W. Marker is in Athens, Georgia, in Clarke County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of East Broad Street (State Road 10 / 78) and Herty Street, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. The marker is located on the south side of Demosthenian Hall, on the North (Old) Campus). It can be reached from the sidewalk running south through the Arch. Marker is in this post office area: Athens GA 30601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Red and Black (within shouting distance of this marker); Holmes/Hunter Academic Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Herty Field (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); University of Georgia (about 300 feet away); Abraham Baldwin (about 400 feet away); Old College (about 400 feet away); The Stoneman Raid (about 600 feet away); First Garden Club (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Athens.
 
Also see . . .  Robert Toombs. A short biography of Robert Toombs. (Submitted on September 30, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 
 
Categories. Antebellum South, USPoliticsWar, US Civil
 
Demosthenian Hall image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 30, 2009
3. Demosthenian Hall
Built in 1824, the Hall is still used by the remaining members of the Demosthenian Literary Society, which was founded in 1803. The Society and the University recently worked together to restore both floors of the building.
 
 
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