Talbotton in Talbot County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
George Washington Towns
George Washington Towns was born in Wilkes County, Georgia, May 4, 1801, and died in Macon, Georgia, July 15, 1854. A lawyer and resident of Talbotton, Georgia, Towns served as state legislator, U.S. Congressman, and Governor of Georgia (1847-51). During his administrations he led the fight for the amelioration of the slave code, obtained the adoption of the ad valorem system of taxation, completed the Western and Atlantic Railroad, and became an early advocate of free public schools. Towns wrote Georgia's inscription on the Washington Monument: "The Constitution As It Is, the Union As It Was."
Erected 1961 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 130-9.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list. A significant historical date for this entry is May 4, 1801.
Location. 32° 40.671′ N, 84° 32.743′ W. Marker is in Talbotton, Georgia, in Talbot County. Marker is on Monroe Street (Georgia Route 208) 0.1 miles west of Taylor Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 294 Hwy 208, Talbotton GA 31827, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Straus Home Site (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Straus Home Site (approx. ¼ mile away); Elizabeth Evelyn Wright (approx. 0.3 miles away); Talbot County (approx. 0.3 miles away); First Session Supreme Court of Georgia (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Straus Home Site (approx. 0.3 miles away); Zion Episcopal Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); William Bartram Trail (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Talbotton.
More about this marker. The marker was originally located on the courthouse square in Talbotton.
Also see . . . George W. Towns. New Georgia Encyclopedia website entry (Submitted on January 24, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 8, 2023. It was originally submitted on January 19, 2011, by Michael Dover of Ellerslie, Georgia. This page has been viewed 686 times since then and 76 times this year. Last updated on October 2, 2023, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 19, 2011, by Michael Dover of Ellerslie, Georgia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.