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Fitzgerald in Ben Hill County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Ben Hill County

 
 
Ben Hill County Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, January 17, 2011
1. Ben Hill County Marker
Inscription. Ben Hill County, created by Act of July 31, 1906 from Irwin and Wilcox Counties, was named for Benjamin Harvey Hill (1823-1882), “one of America’s greatest orators.” A staunch supporter of the administration in the Confederate Senate, after the War Between the States he was an influential member of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. First officers of Ben Hill County, commissioned Jan. 5, 1907, were: C.M. Wise, Ordinary; D.W.M. Whitley, Clerk Superior Court; W.H. Fountain, Sheriff; E. Gibbs, Tax Receiver; W.L. Smith, Tax Collector; J.H. Goodman, Treasurer; Oscar Barron, Surveyor; William McCormick, Coroner.
 
Erected 1956 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 009-2.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 31° 42.86′ N, 83° 15.007′ W. Marker is in Fitzgerald, Georgia, in Ben Hill County. Marker is on South Sheridan Street south of East Central Avenue (U.S. 319), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. The marker stands on the lawn near the west side of the Ben Hill County Courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Fitzgerald GA 31750, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are
Ben Hill County Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, January 17, 2011
2. Ben Hill County Marker
The marker and the west side of the Ben Hill County Courthouse
within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jefferson Davis Memorial State Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fitzgerald (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dedicated to the Veterans of 1898 - 1902 (approx. ¼ mile away); Gen. Bush's Home (approx. 0.8 miles away); First Baptist Church Bell (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named Jefferson Davis Memorial State Park (approx. 8.3 miles away); Irwin County (approx. 8.5 miles away); Irwinville (approx. 8.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fitzgerald.
 
Also see . . .
1. Benjamin Hill. The New Georgia Encyclopedia entry for Senator Benjamin Harvey Hill, after whom the county was named. (Submitted on February 15, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 

2. Ben Hill County, Georgia. (Submitted on February 15, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
 
Categories. Political Subdivisions
 
Ben Hill County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, January 17, 2011
3. Ben Hill County Courthouse
This is the original courthouse, although somewhat modified. It was built in 1907 by the Falls City Construction County for a cost of $45,000 from a design by Virginia architect H. H. Huggins. A clock tower which originally topped the courthoue was removed in a 1954 renovation.
Ben Hill image. Click for full size.
circa 1880
4. Ben Hill
Senator Benjamin Harvey Hill, after whom the county is named. Library of Congress [LC-BH826- 3691]
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 596 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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