“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Watkinsville in Oconee County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)

Jeannette Rankin's Georgia Home

Jeannette Rankin's Georgia Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, October 29, 2006
1. Jeannette Rankin's Georgia Home Marker
Inscription. Jeannette Rankin (1880-1973) was the first woman to serve in Congress: being elected from Montana in 1916 before women had the right to vote in other states. She was active in women's suffrage and was a peace advocate who opposed all war. She was one of only fifty persons in Congress who voted against entry into WW I. Her position was unpopular and she did not return to Congress. She purchased land near the Oconee-Clarke County line in the twenties and lived there on a seasonal basis. She purchased 44 acres on this site in 1933. She renovated an old farm house and used it as a seasonal residence that became her beloved “Shady Grove”. In the 1920's she helped found The Georgia Peace Society that worked for over ten years to support the Kellogg-Briand Pact which would have outlawed war as a way of settling disputes. She was reelected to Congress in 1940 from Montana. She cast the only vote against entry into WW II after President Roosevelt's “Day of Infamy Speech”. Steadfastly she remained active in peace movements during the Vietnam Era, participating in the “Jeannette Rankin Brigade” march in Washington on January 15, 1968.
Erected 1992. (Marker Number 108-6.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 33° 52.518′ N, 83° 26.712′ W. Marker is near Watkinsville, Georgia, in Oconee County. Marker is on Mars Hill Road mile west of Hog Mountain Road (Georgia Route 53), on the right. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Watkinsville GA 30677, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Eagle Tavern (approx. 2.2 miles away); Oconee County (approx. 2.2 miles away); The Stoneman Raid (approx. 2.2 miles away); Birthplace of Bishop A. G. Haygood and Miss Laura A. Haygood (approx. 2.5 miles away); Chestnut Grove School (approx. 4 miles away); William Bartram Trail (approx. 4.4 miles away); John Andrew (approx. 5.3 miles away); Hodgson-Dodd Park (approx. 5.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Watkinsville.
Also see . . .
1. Biography of Jeannette Rankin. (Submitted on December 5, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
2. Jeannette Rankin Biographical Directory of United States Congress. (Submitted on December 5, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
Categories. 20th CenturyNotable PersonsPeacePolitics
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