Albany in Dougherty County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Colonel Nelson Tift
Politically active, Col. Tift served as justice of the peace; delegate to the State Convention, 1840; justice of the Inferior Court; member Georgia House of Representatives for several terms, member of Congress, 1868-1869. He was re-elected but was not seated the next term. He was a delegate to the State Constitutional Convention in 1877.
Founder of the Augusta Guards in 1835, Tift was elected Colonel of the Baker County Militia in 1840. During the War Between the States he operated a beef and pork packing plant and hardtack factory in Albany without remuneration.
Col. Tift owned an extensive plantation, operated lumber, flour and corn-meal mills, promoted the building of several railroads, and edited and published the Albany Patriot.
He died November 21, 1891, and is buried in Oakview Cemetery. Tift County is named for him.
Erected 1959 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 047-4.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission
Location. 31° 34.718′ N, 84° 9.137′ W. Marker is in Albany, Georgia, in Dougherty County. Marker is at the intersection of Pine Avenue and Champion Lane, on the right when traveling west on Pine Avenue. Touch for map. The marker stands in front of the Albany-Dougherty County Justice Building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 225 Pine Avenue, Albany GA 31701, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dougherty County (here, next to this marker); Freedom Alley and City Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Albany Lights (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); C.B. (Chevene Bowers) King (about 600 feet away); The Bridge House (approx. 0.2 miles away); De Soto in Georgia (approx. ¼ mile away); Ray Charles (approx. 0.3 miles away); Georgia Civil Rights Trail: The Albany Movement (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Albany.
Also see . . . Colonel Nelson Tift. The New Georgia Encyclopedia has a biography of Col. Tift. (Submitted on March 11, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
Categories. • Agriculture • Industry & Commerce • Politics • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 10, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 762 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 10, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.