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Cumming in Forsyth County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Colonel William Cumming

 
 
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By David Seibert, July 24, 2010
1. Colonel William Cumming Marker
Inscription. The town of Cumming (incorporated 1834) is named in honor of Col. William Cumming, distinguished Georgian, born July 27, 1788, son of Thomas Cumming and Ann Clay, daughter of Joseph Clay, of Savannah. William Cumming graduated from the College of New Jersey at Princeton and studied law at Gould's Law School, Litchfield, Connecticut. The War of 1812 brought him military prominence. Captain of the Augusta Independent Blues in 1812, he was commissioned Major, USA, in 1813, and appointed Adjutant General of the Northern Army the following year with the rank of Colonel. In 1815, however, he resigned from the Army and the Board of War, on which he served. Although in 1818 he was appointed Quartermaster General of the Army by President Monroe and, in 1847, Major General by President Polk, he declined both appointments and spent the remainder of his life in Augusta, where he died February 18, 1863.

A series of duels in 1822 with Senator George McDuffie of South Carolina received nationwide attention and illuminated the larger political controversy between proponents of states’ rights (Cumming) and those favoring a strong central government (McDuffie).
 
Erected 1962 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 058-3.)
 
Marker series.
Colonel William Cumming Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, July 24, 2010
2. Colonel William Cumming Marker
This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 34° 12.392′ N, 84° 8.368′ W. Marker is in Cumming, Georgia, in Forsyth County. Marker is on Veterans Memorial Boulevard (Georgia Route 9) 0 miles south of Main Street (Georgia Route 20), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. The marker stands in front of the Forsyth County Courthouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Statehouse Square, Cumming GA 30040, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Forsyth County (here, next to this marker); Cumming School (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cumming Historic Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Federal Road (approx. 5 miles away); Fowler Family Farm (approx. 5.4 miles away); Poole's Mill Covered Bridge (approx. 8.3 miles away); Suwanee, Georgia 9/11 Memorial (approx. 11.2 miles away); B. F. Shirley Home (approx. 12.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Cumming.
 
Categories. Antebellum South, USNotable PersonsPolitical SubdivisionsWar of 1812
 
Colonel William Cumming Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, July 24, 2010
3. Colonel William Cumming Marker
The marker is on the right of the two markers standing in front of the Forsyth County Courthouse.
Colonel William Cumming Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, July 24, 2010
4. Colonel William Cumming Marker
Looking from the courthouse steps, the marker is on the left.
Forsyth County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, July 24, 2010
5. Forsyth County Courthouse
The marker stands just to the right of the main entrance of the Forsyth County Courthouse.
 
 
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