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Thomson in McDuffie County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Sen. Thomas E. Watson

“Sage of Hickory Hill”

 
 
Sen. Thomas E. Watson Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 14, 2011
1. Sen. Thomas E. Watson Marker
Inscription. Born near Thomson, Sept. 5, 1856, Thomas Edward Watson, gifted writer, eloquent speaker and longtime political leader of Georgia, spent most of his life in this section. His home, “Hickory Hill,” bought and remodeled extensively by Sen. Watson, has a long tradition of hospitality and gracious living. Sen. Watson, descended from Quaker families that settled near here in 1768, attended Mercer University, taught school, practiced law in Screven County and returned to Thomson as a young lawyer in 1876. In 1878 he married Georgia Durham, of Thomson. After serving in the Georgia legislature and becoming known as a friend of the farmer, he was elected to Congress on the Farmers’ Alliance ticket in 1890. There he introduced the resolution that led to Rural Free Delivery. After becoming a member of the Populist Party, he was Populist candidate for Vice-President in 1896 and for President in 1904 and 1908. He served in the U.S. Senate from 1921 until death in Washington, Sept. 26, 1922. A prolific writer, Senator Watson edited several papers and magazines and wrote a number of books.
 
Erected 1956 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 094-3.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location.
Hickory Hill image. Click for full size.
By Watson-Brown Foundation, 2015
2. Hickory Hill
Courtesy of the Watson-Brown Foundation.
33° 28.202′ N, 82° 30.278′ W. Marker is in Thomson, Georgia, in McDuffie County. Marker is on Main Street (U.S. 78) 0 miles north of McDuffie Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. The marker stands on the east side of the McDuffie County Counthouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 337 Main Street, Thomson GA 30824, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Thomas Edward Watson (within shouting distance of this marker); Rear Admiral Richard Ellington Hawes (within shouting distance of this marker); McDuffie and Columbia Counties Confederate Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); McDuffie County (within shouting distance of this marker); VFW Post 6672 KIA Monument (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); VFW Veterans Monument (about 300 feet away); Woodman of the World Supreme Sacrifice Monument (about 300 feet away); Home of Thomas E. Watson (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Thomson.
 
Also see . . .
1. Senator Thomas E. Watson. The New Georgia Encyclopedia offers a profile of Senator Watson. (Submitted on May 26, 2011.) 

2. Hickory Hill House Museum. This site includes photos, floor plans and more about the Hickory Hill House and more information about Thomas Watson. (Submitted on January 20, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.)
Sen. Thomas E. Watson Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 14, 2011
3. Sen. Thomas E. Watson Marker
Looking north on Main Street (US Highway 78)
 
 
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Sen. Thomas E. Watson Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 14, 2011
4. Sen. Thomas E. Watson Marker
The marker and the McDuffie County Courthouse
Sen. Thomas Edward Watson image. Click for full size.
5. Sen. Thomas Edward Watson
Photograph from the Georgia Historical Society, courtesy of the New Georgia Encyclopedia
Hickory Hill, ca. 1910 image. Click for full size.
6. Hickory Hill, ca. 1910
Courtesy of the Watson-Brown Foundation.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 24, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 616 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on May 24, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.   2. submitted on September 11, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.   3, 4, 5. submitted on May 24, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.   6. submitted on September 11, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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