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Griffin in Spalding County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Lewis Lawrence Griffin

 
 
Lewis Lawrence Griffin Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, January 25, 2010
1. Lewis Lawrence Griffin Marker
Inscription.  Born in South Carolina, October 3, 1794, Lewis Lawrence Griffin moved to Georgia with his widowed mother in the early 1800’s. He fought in the Georgia Militia under General Daniel Newnan in Florida and, later, under Generals John Floyd and Thomas Glascock in the Creek Wars. He was a country merchant, a General in the Militia, a legislator. In 1833 the Legislature chartered the Monroe Railroad Co. and he was made its president.

In 1840 General Griffin auctioned off lots in the town which was named for him and through which the railroad would pass. He planned a great city with wide boulevards. A philanthropist, he gave generous lots to churches, schools, public buildings and a parade ground. He sacrificed a fortune attempting to save the railroad and the bank connected with it from financial ruin. Unsuccessful, he moved to Mississippi where he made another fortune and died in 1867.

When he visited Griffin in 1856 to receive a hero’s welcome, the town newspaper commented: “He did more than any other man to arouse the people of Central and Western Georgia to a proper sense of the necessity of works of internal improvement.
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Every prediction that he made in reference to the beneficial results of his designs has been fulfilled.”
 
Erected 1959 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 126-18.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & StreetcarsSettlements & SettlersWars, US Indian. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list. A significant historical date for this entry is October 3, 1794.
 
Location. 33° 14.926′ N, 84° 15.72′ W. Marker is in Griffin, Georgia, in Spalding County. Marker is at the intersection of East Solomon Street and South 6th Street, on the left when traveling east on East Solomon Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Griffin GA 30223, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The City of Griffin (here, next to this marker); P.F.C. Gary Anderson (within shouting distance of this marker); Lt. Walter Benjamin Forbes, Jr. (within shouting distance of this marker); Cpl. W.E. Kenerly (within shouting distance of this marker); Capt. S.E. Rickerson (within shouting distance of this marker); Tech 5 Raymond A. Manning (within shouting distance of this marker); Lt. W. Maddox Bolton
Lewis Lawrence Griffin Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, January 25, 2010
2. Lewis Lawrence Griffin Marker
The marker stands with another Georgia Historical Commission marker for the City of Griffin.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Sgt. Albert Chapman, Jr. (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Griffin.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 21, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,651 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 21, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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