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Cartersville in Bartow County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Amos T. Akerman (1821-1880)

 
 
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, April 11, 2021
1. Amos T. Akerman (1821-1880) Marker
Inscription.  Amos Tappan Akerman, born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, graduated from Dartmouth College and moved south. While tutoring the children of US Senator and former US Attorney General John Macpherson Berrien in Savannah, Akerman studied law and became an attorney, first in Clarkesville and then Elberton. Akerman supported the Confederacy during the Civil War but joined the Republican Party afterwards, staunchly defending African Americans' political rights. President Ulysses S. Grant appointed Akerman federal district attorney for Georgia in 1869 and then US Attorney General in 1870. Akerman began the newly created Justice Department's first investigative unit, a precursor to the FBI. He aggressively prosecuted the Ku Klux Klan for political terrorism and violence against African Americans before his forced resignation in 1871. Akerman, whose home was at this location, is buried in Cartersville's Oak Hill Cemetery.
 
Erected 2018 by Georgia Historical Society, Waters Foundation, Inc., and Bartow History Museum. (Marker Number 8-2.)
 
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, April 11, 2021
2. Amos T. Akerman (1821-1880) Marker
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African AmericansLaw Enforcement. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1869.
 
Location. 34° 9.587′ N, 84° 47.595′ W. Marker is in Cartersville, Georgia, in Bartow County. Marker is on South Tennessee Street (Georgia Route 293) 0.1 miles north of Brook Drive, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 336 South Tennessee Street, Cartersville GA 30120, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Amos T. Akerman (within shouting distance of this marker); Friendship Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); Tribute on Monument / 38 Names on Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); Private First Class Jerry Wayne Gentry (approx. 0.4 miles away); God Bless America (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bartow County (approx. half a mile away); Old Bartow County Courthouse (approx. half a mile away); Home of Sam P. Jones (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cartersville.
 
Also see . . .  Amos T. Akerman (Wikipedia). (Submitted on April 16, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.)
 
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3. Amos Tappan Akerman (1821-1880)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 16, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 16, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 50 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 16, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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