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Near Sparta in Hancock County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Gov. William Jonathan Northen

 
 
Gov. William Jonathan Northen Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, October 28, 2009
1. Gov. William Jonathan Northen Marker
The marker appears to have survived a blow from a passing vehicle.
Inscription. William Jonathan Northen, Governor of Georgia from 1890 to 1894, lived in this house. Born in Jones County, July 9, 1835 of Scotch ancestry, Governor Northen graduated from Mercer University. He taught for many years at Mt. Zion School in Hancock Co. When he became a candidate for Governor, it was said, “Every man in Georgia had gone to school to him or with him.” They all rallied round and elected him overwhelmingly. One of the most prosperous and advanced farmers in the State, he was influential in farm organizations and a member of the house and senate. He died March 25, 1913.
 
Erected 1955 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 070-7.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 33° 21.683′ N, 83° 0.471′ W. Marker is near Sparta, Georgia, in Hancock County. Marker is at the intersection of Georgia Route 15 and Fairmont Road, on the right when traveling south on State Route 15. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sparta GA 31087, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Nathan S.S. Beman at Mt. Zion (approx. 0.4 miles away); “July” 1858
Gov. William Jonathan Northen Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, October 28, 2009
2. Gov. William Jonathan Northen Marker
Looking north on Ga Highway 15, with the ante-bellum Mt. Zion Baptist Church visible in the distance.
(approx. 4.1 miles away); Shoulder-bone Creek Treaty (approx. 4.4 miles away); Camilla and Zack Hubert Homesite (approx. 5.2 miles away); Famous Indian Trail (approx. 5.4 miles away); Gov. William Rabun (approx. 5.5 miles away); "Old Dominion" (approx. 5.9 miles away); Sparta Cemetery (approx. 6.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sparta.
 
Also see . . .  William J. Northen from The New Georgia Encyclopedia. (Submitted on November 6, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
 
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Gov. William Jonathan Northen Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, October 28, 2009
3. Gov. William Jonathan Northen Marker
The site of the Northen home is in these trees. The two story home was torn down shortly before 1996.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 4, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 842 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 4, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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