Canton in Cherokee County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Joseph Emerson Brown
Born April 15, 1821 in Pickens District, South Carolina, he grew up in Union County, Georgia. He taught to pay for his education and while teaching in Canton he read law at night, being admitted to the bar in August, 1845.
He graduated from the Yale Law School and practiced law in this city. He was elected State Senator in 1849; Judge of the Superior Court, Blue Ridge Circuit, in 1855; Governor in 1857, serving during the trying years of the War Between the States until 1865.
He was Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court from 1868 to 1870, resigning to become manager of the Western and Atlantic Railroad.
He was President of the Dade Coal Company, and had other large mining interests, and owned several farms. He was elected United States Senator in 1880; then elected for a second term.
In memory of his son, Charles McDonald Brown, he established a $50,000 scholarship at the University of Georgia.
Governor Brown died November 30, 1894. His Canton home stood near this marker. After his death his heirs presented this tract to the city for a park, fittingly named Brown Park
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education • Industry & Commerce • Parks & Recreational Areas • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1781.
Location. 34° 14.111′ N, 84° 29.414′ W. Marker is in Canton, Georgia, in Cherokee County. Marker is on East Marietta Street, 0 miles north of Elizabeth Street, on the right when traveling north. The marker is in Brown Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Canton GA 30114, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cherokee County (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cherokee County Gold (approx. 0.2 miles away); Crescent Farm Rock Barn (approx. 0.6 miles away); Fort Buffington (approx. 4.3 miles away); Dallas Scott Hudgens, Jr. (approx. 5.1 miles away); "Eternal Patrol" (approx. 5.2 miles away); Battle of Taliwa (approx. 9.6 miles away); Thomas B. Newton House (approx. 10.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Canton.
Also see . . . Joseph E. Brown. New Georgia Encyclopedia website entry (Submitted on August 24, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
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