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Swainsboro in Emanuel County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Home of George Leon Smith, II

1912 - 1973

 
 
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By David Seibert, March 12, 2007
1. Home of George Leon Smith, II Marker
Inscription. Member of the Georgia House of Representatives for 29 years and Speaker of that body for 11 years, longer than any other man. He was the 12th Georgian in History to lie in state at the Rotunda of the State Capitol in Atlanta, Georgia. The World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Administration Building of the Emanuel County Junior College are named in his memory both of which he helped to establish.
 
Location. 32° 35.8′ N, 82° 20.033′ W. Marker is in Swainsboro, Georgia, in Emanuel County. Marker is at the intersection of Roger Shaw Street and South Main Street (U.S. 1), on the left when traveling north on Roger Shaw Street. Touch for map. The marker is located in Patriot Park, created on the former site of the Emanual County Courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Swainsboro GA 30401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Emanuel County Patriot Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Swainsboro Georgia Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Emanuel County (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Sunbury Road (approx. 5.4 miles
Home of George Leon Smith, II Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 12, 2009
2. Home of George Leon Smith, II Marker
First elected to the Georgia House in 1944, Smith ran unopposed from 1950 through 1972. Popular in his hometown of Swainsboro (Emanuel County), one of this Democrat's early battles was to install kindergarten in every school and extend the number of years students attended before graduating. Smith pushed unsuccessfully for state-funded secondary schools
away); Summerville (approx. 10.8 miles away); Old Savannah Road (approx. 14 miles away but has been reported missing); Pine Barren Crossroads (approx. 14 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  George Leon Smith, II. A brief biography Smith found at Our Georgia History. In addition to the other naming honors noted on the marker, a Georgia State Park at Twin City, east of Swainsboro, is also named after him. (Submitted on July 26, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 
 
Categories. 20th CenturyPolitics
 
Home of George Leon Smith, II Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 12, 2009
3. Home of George Leon Smith, II Marker
Home of George Leon Smith, II Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 12, 2009
4. Home of George Leon Smith, II Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 20, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,066 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on July 20, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.   2, 3, 4. submitted on July 29, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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