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Perry in Houston County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Governor John Houston

 
 
Governor John Houston Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, March 14, 2007
1. Governor John Houston Marker
Inscription. Born near Waynesboro in 1744, Houston was the son of Sir Patrick Houston and Priscilla Dunbar. He was elected in 1775 to represent Georgia at the Continental Congress and served on Georgia’s Council of Safety, which in January 1776 issued the arrest warrant for Royal Governor James Wright. Georgians elected Houston governor in January 1778. Following the Revolution, Houston was elected governor a second time in 1784 and in that year was appointed one of seven "Trustees for a College," making him one of the founders of the University of Georgia. Houston served as Savannah’s first mayor in 1790, and in 1791 helped to host George Washington’s Savannah visit. He died in 1796. Named in his honor, Houston County was created in 1821.
 
Erected 2003 by The Georgia Historical Society and the National Society of the Colonial Dames in the State of Georgia. (Marker Number 76-1.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 32° 27.475′ N, 83° 44.057′ W. Marker is in Perry, Georgia, in Houston County. Marker is at the intersection of Carroll Street and Jernigan Street, on the right when traveling east on Carroll Street. Click for map.
Governor John Houston Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, September 15, 2012
2. Governor John Houston Marker
The marker is located at the old Houston County Courthouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 800 Carroll Street, Perry GA 31069, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Perry Methodist Church (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Perry United Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (approx. 11.1 miles away); Peach County (approx. 11.1 miles away); James A. Everett (approx. 11.2 miles away); Confederate Dead (approx. 11.5 miles away); Thaddeus Oliver (approx. 11.5 miles away but has been reported missing); Boeing B-1B Lancer (approx. 12.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Perry.
 
Also see . . .  John Houstoun from New Georgia Encyclopedia. Note the spelling of the last name. (Submitted on January 6, 2009, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.) 
 
Categories. Antebellum South, USColonial EraEducationNotable PersonsPoliticsSettlements & Settlers
 
Governor John Houston Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, September 15, 2012
3. Governor John Houston Marker
The marker stands in front of the Houston County Courthouse.
 
 
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