Near Watkinsville in Oconee County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Jeannette Rankin’s Georgia Home
In the 1920's she helped found The Georgia Peace Society that worked for over ten years to support the Kellogg-Briand Pact which would have outlawed war as a way of settling disputes. She was reelected to Congress in 1940 from Montana. She cast the only vote against entry into WW II after President Roosevelt's “Day of Infamy Speech”. Steadfastly she remained active in peace movements during the Vietnam Era, participating in the “Jeannette Rankin Brigade” march in Washington
Erected 1992. (Marker Number 108-6.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Peace • War, Vietnam • War, World I • War, World II • Women. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list. A significant historical date for this entry is January 15, 1968.
Location. 33° 52.518′ N, 83° 26.712′ W. Marker is near Watkinsville, Georgia, in Oconee County. Marker is on Mars Hill Road, ¼ mile west of Hog Mountain Road (Georgia Route 53), on the right. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Watkinsville GA 30677, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Eagle Tavern (approx. 2.2 miles away); Oconee County (approx. 2.2 miles away); Site of Frontier Blockhouse (approx. 2.2 miles away); The Stoneman Raid (approx. 2.2 miles away); Civilians Abducted During Stoneman’s Raid (approx. 2.2 miles away); Birthplace of Bishop A. G. Haygood and Miss Laura A. Haygood (approx. 2½ miles away); E. D. Stroud School (approx. 2.8 miles away); In Honor of all American Veterans (approx. 3.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Watkinsville.
Also see . . . Biography of Jeannette Rankin. Excerpt:
Only four days after taking office, Jeannette Rankin made history(Submitted on December 5, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
Rankin did vote later in her term for several pro-war measures, as well as working for political reforms including civil liberties, suffrage, birth control, equal pay, and child welfare. In 1917, she opened the congressional debate on the Susan B. Anthony Amendment, which passed the House in 1917 and the Senate in 1918. It became the 19th Amendment after it was ratified.
But Rankin’s first anti-war vote sealed her political fate. When she was gerrymandered out of her district, she ran for the Senate, lost the primary, launched a third-party race, and lost overwhelmingly.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 2, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 2,408 times since then and 81 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week January 12, 2020. Photos: 1. submitted on December 2, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. 2. submitted on June 18, 2021, by Darren Jefferson Clay of Duluth, Georgia. 3. submitted on January 11, 2020, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.