Atlanta in Fulton County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Gov. John M. Slaton
John Marshall Slaton was born in Meriwether County and graduated from the University of Georgia before practicing law in Atlanta. Slaton served in both houses of the Georgia legislature and two terms as governor (1911-12 and 1913-15). While in office, he modernized Georgia’s tax system and roads. Concerned by the sensationalized atmosphere and circumstantial evidence that led to the notorious 1913 conviction of Jewish businessman Leo Frank in the murder of teenager Mary Phagan, Slaton granted Frank clemency in June 1915. Slaton’s commutation of Frank’s death sentence drew national attention but hostile local backlash resulted in Frank’s lynching in August 1915 and the end of Slaton’s political career. Slaton lived on property adjacent to today’s Atlanta History Center and Slaton Drive (named in his honor). He is buried in Oakland cemetery.
Erected 2015 by Georgia Historical Society, Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation, Atlanta History Center. (Marker Number 60-14.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Civil RightsGovernment & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation Markers ✡️ series list.
Location. 33° 50.477′ N, 84° 23.095′ W. Marker is in Atlanta, Georgia, in Fulton County. Marker is on Slaton Drive, NW near West Paces Drive, on the right when traveling south. On right side, 50 feet South of Veterans Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3189 Slaton Drive, Atlanta GA 30305, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Civil War Siege Cannon (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Swan House (approx. ¼ mile away); “The Storyteller” (approx. 0.3 miles away); Ward's Div. Encamped (approx. half a mile away); 4th A.C. at Buckhead (approx. half a mile away); 20th A.C.; Pace's Fy. Rd. (approx. 0.7 miles away); Sardis Methodist Church (approx. 1.1 miles away); Peach Tree Creek Crossing (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atlanta.
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Also see . . . The Lynching of Leo Frank The Commutation of Gov. John Slaton. (Submitted on May 28, 2019, by Jerry Klinger of Boynton Beach, Florida.)
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