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Governor Gilmer’s Home

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Governor Gilmer’s Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, November 15, 2009
1. Governor Gilmer’s Home Marker
Inscription.
George Rockingham Gilmer, of Scotch descent, was born in 1790 in that part of Wilkes Co. that is now Oglethorpe Co. Soon after admittance to the bar in 1813 he was appointed 1st Lt. in the regular army and served with distinction in the Creek Indian War. He was elected to the State Legislature in 1818, to Congress in 1821 and Governor in 1828, re-elected to Congress in 1833 and Governor in 1837. He was a Presidential Elector for Harrison in 1840 and President of the Electoral College. A Trustee of the Univ. of Ga. for 30 years he died here Nov. 15, 1859 and is buried in the Presbyterian Cemetery. The arrow points to his home.
 
Erected 1954 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 109-3.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 33° 52.17′ N, 83° 6.702′ W. Marker is in Lexington, Georgia, in Oglethorpe County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (U.S. 78) and Gilmer Street, on the right when traveling east on Main Street. Touch for map. The marker is located on the grounds of the Oglethorpe County Courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Lexington GA 30648, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within
The Oglethorpe County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, November 15, 2009
2. The Oglethorpe County Courthouse
The Gilmer marker can just be seen at the far right of the photo
4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Oglethorpe County Confederate Monument (here, next to this marker); Gen. James Edward Oglethorpe (within shouting distance of this marker); Oglethorpe County Veterans Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Oglethorpe County (within shouting distance of this marker); James T. Rayle Post No. 123 Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Beth-Salem Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Meson Academy (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wm H Crawford (approx. 2.7 miles away); Veterans of Oglethorpe County (approx. 2.7 miles away); A Memorial to William Harris Crawford (approx. 3.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lexington.
 
Also see . . .
1. The New Georgia Encyclopedia biography of Gov. Gilmer. Gilmer's home in Lexington no longer stands. (Submitted on January 3, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 

2. Georgia Governor George Rockingham Gilmer. George Rockingham Gilmer was born near Lexington, Georgia, on April 11, 1790. He was educated at Dr. Wilson's classical school and at the famous Academy of Moses Waddell in Abbeville, South Carolina. (Submitted on October 16, 2014, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

3. About North Georgia: George Gilmer. George Gilmer's English/Irish family moved to the Wilkes County area of Georgia from Virginia, where the Gilmer name was well known. Dr. George
Governor Gilmer’s Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, October 4, 2015
3. Governor Gilmer’s Home Marker
Gilmer was Thomas Jefferson's personal physician. (Submitted on October 16, 2014, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

4. George Rockingham Gilmer (1790-1859). Find-a-grave entry. (Submitted on October 16, 2014, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

5. George Rockingham Gilmer (1790-1859). George Rockingham Gilmer (April 11, 1790 – November 16, 1859) was an American statesman and politician. He served two non-consecutive terms as the 34th Governor of Georgia, the first from 1829 to 1831 and the second from 1837 to 1839. He also served multiple terms in the United States House of Representatives. (Submitted on October 16, 2014, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

6. Creek War. The Creek War (1813–1814), also known as the Red Stick War and the Creek Civil War, was a regional war between opposing Creek factions, European empires, and the United States, taking place largely in Alabama and along the Gulf Coast. The major conflicts of the war took place between state militias and the "Red Stick" Creeks. (Submitted on October 16, 2014, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. Antebellum South, USGovernmentPoliticsWars, US Indian
 
Governor George Rockingham Gilmer<br>1790-1859 image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott
4. Governor George Rockingham Gilmer
1790-1859
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 31, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 722 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 31, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.   3, 4. submitted on October 16, 2014, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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