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Suches in Union County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Homesite of Joseph Emerson Brown

 
 
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By David Seibert, July 3, 2010
1. Homesite of Joseph Emerson Brown Marker
Inscription.  Joseph Emerson Brown (1821-1894), born in Pickens District, South Carolina, moved to Union County, Georgia, as a boy. The old Brown home was on the present site of the Woody Gap School, opened in 1941 for mountain students. Brown worked on his father’s farm until he was nineteen, when he went to school in South Carolina. Returning to Georgia, he settled in Canton as head of the local academy. Admitted to the bar in 1845, Brown entered Yale Law School, practicing in Canton after graduating.

In 1849, Brown became a State Senator. He was elected Governor, 1857, as the Democratic compromise candidate and reelected 1859, 1861, 1863. During the Civil War, Brown’s extreme states’ rights views conflicted with President Davis’ efforts to centralize the Confederate government. After the war, Brown, unpopular for affiliating with the Republican Party and advocating submission to Reconstruction, was defeated in the U.S. Senate race of 1868. Appointed Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court, 1868, he remained on the bench until in 1870 he became President of the Western & Atlantic Co. After Georgia regained home rule, Brown returned to the Democratic
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By David Seibert, July 3, 2010
2. Homesite of Joseph Emerson Brown Marker
Looking north on Georgia Highway 60 in Suches, with the Woody Gap School to the left
party and was appointed to the U.S. Senate in 1880. Reelected, he served until 1891.
 
Erected 1964 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 144-6.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list.
 
Location. 34° 41.529′ N, 84° 1.395′ W. Marker is in Suches, Georgia, in Union County. Marker is on Georgia Route 60 0.1 miles north of Hello Road. The marker stands in front of the Woody Gap School, "Georgia's Smallest Public School.". Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3736 Highway 60, Suches GA 30572, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Trahlyta’s Grave (approx. 5.9 miles away); Blood Mountain (approx. 6.7 miles away); Byron Herbert Reece (approx. 8.9 miles away); "Gold Diggers' Road" (approx. 8.9 miles away); Hogpen Gap (approx. 10.7 miles away); Consolidated Gold Mines (approx. 11 miles away); Dahlonega Mustering Grounds (approx. 11.1 miles away); Dahlonega Stories (approx. 11.1 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Joseph E. Brown. The New Georgia Encyclopedia biography of Brown. (Submitted on July 21, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
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By David Seibert, July 3, 2010
3. Homesite of Joseph Emerson Brown Marker
Looking south from Suches on Georgia Highway 60
 
 
Joseph Emerson Brown image. Click for full size.
circa 1881
4. Joseph Emerson Brown
This image is from "The history of the State of Georgia from 1850 to 1881, embracing the three important epochs: the decade before the war of 1861-5; the war; the period of Reconstruction" by Avery, I. W. (Isaac Wheeler, 1837-1897) at archive.org.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 20, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,055 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 20, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.   4. submitted on April 3, 2020, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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