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Rebecca Latimer Felton

 
 
Rebecca Latimer Felton Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, July 31, 2010
1. Rebecca Latimer Felton Marker
Inscription. Birthplace of Rebecca Ann Latimer (1835-1930), daughter of Chas. and Eleanor (Swift) Latimer, pioneer settles at this point on the Decatur-Covington road. Married in 1853 to Dr. William H. Felton, later Member of Congress and a trustee of the University of Georgia, she became a noted writer and a tireless suffrage and temperance advocate.

On September 22, 1922, Sen. Thomas E. Watson died in office. Pending a special election, Gov. Thomas W. Hardwick named Mrs. Felton to fill the vacancy, thus bestowing upon her the honor of being the first women to serve in the United States Senate.
 
Erected 1956 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 044-88.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 33° 43.183′ N, 84° 9.313′ W. Marker is in Lithonia, Georgia, in DeKalb County. Marker is at the intersection of Covington Highway (U.S. 278) and Cove Lake Road, on the right when traveling east on Covington Highway. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lithonia GA 30058, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The March to the Sea (approx. 0.7 miles away); a
Rebecca Latimer Felton Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, July 31, 2010
2. Rebecca Latimer Felton Marker
Looking west on Covington Highway (US 278) from Cove Lake Road
different marker also named The March to the Sea (approx. 4.7 miles away); Covered Bridge (approx. 5.9 miles away); Stone Mountain - Confederate Memorial (approx. 6.2 miles away); The Country Comes Before Me (approx. 6.2 miles away); Garrard's Cavalry at Stone Mtn. Depot (approx. 6.5 miles away); Unknown Confederate Dead (approx. 6.5 miles away); a different marker also named The March to the Sea (approx. 6.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lithonia.
 
Also see . . .  Women in Congress. A biography with more detail on Mrs. Felton's Senate appointment. (Submitted on August 1, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 
 
Categories. 20th CenturyGovernmentNotable PersonsPoliticsSettlements & Settlers
 
Rebecca Latimer Felton image. Click for full size.
Courtesy of Biographical Dictionary of the United States Congress
3. Rebecca Latimer Felton
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,005 times since then and 21 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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