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Suches in Union County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Homesite of Joseph Emerson Brown

 
 
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By David Seibert, July 3, 2010
1. Homesite of Joseph Emerson Brown Marker
Inscription. Joseph Emerson Brown (1821-1894), born in Pickens District, South Carolina, moved to Union County, Georgia, as a boy. The old Brown home was on the present site of the Woody Gap School, opened in 1941 for mountain students. Brown worked on his father’s farm until he was nineteen, when he went to school in South Carolina. Returning to Georgia, he settled in Canton as head of the local academy. Admitted to the bar in 1845, Brown entered Yale Law School, practicing in Canton after graduating.

In 1849, Brown became a State Senator. He was elected Governor, 1857, as the Democratic compromise candidate and reelected 1859, 1861, 1863. During the Civil War, Brown’s extreme states’ rights views conflicted with President Davis’ efforts to centralize the Confederate government. After the war, Brown, unpopular for affiliating with the Republican Party and advocating submission to Reconstruction, was defeated in the U.S. Senate race of 1868. Appointed Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court, 1868, he remained on the bench until in 1870 he became President of the Western & Atlantic Co. After Georgia regained home rule, Brown returned to the Democratic party and was appointed to the U.S. Senate in 1880. Reelected, he served until 1891.
 
Erected 1964 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number
Homesite of Joseph Emerson Brown Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, July 3, 2010
2. Homesite of Joseph Emerson Brown Marker
Looking north on Georgia Highway 60 in Suches, with the Woody Gap School to the left
144-6.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 34° 41.529′ N, 84° 1.395′ W. Marker is in Suches, Georgia, in Union County. Marker is on Georgia Route 60 0.1 miles north of Hello Road. Click for map. The marker stands in front of the Woody Gap School, "Georgia's Smallest Public School.". Marker is at or near this postal address: 3736 Highway 60, Suches GA 30572, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Trahlyta’s Grave (approx. 5.9 miles away); Blood Mountain (approx. 6.7 miles away); Byron Herbert Reece (approx. 8.9 miles away); "Gold Diggers' Road" (approx. 8.9 miles away); Consolidated Gold Mines (approx. 11 miles away); Dahlonega Mustering Grounds (approx. 11.1 miles away); Singleton/Wimpy/Gaillard Homeplace (approx. 11.2 miles away); The Public Square (approx. 11.2 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Joseph E. Brown. The New Georgia Encyclopedia biography of Brown. (Submitted on July 21, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 
 
Categories. Antebellum South, USGovernmentPoliticsWar, US Civil
 
Homesite of Joseph Emerson Brown Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, July 3, 2010
3. Homesite of Joseph Emerson Brown Marker
Looking south from Suches on Georgia Highway 60
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 885 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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