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Newnan in Coweta County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Governor William Yates Atkinson

(1854-1899)

 
 
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By David Seibert, May 1, 2011
1. Governor William Yates Atkinson Marker
Inscription. Born in Meriwether County, William Yates Atkinson settled in Newnan after receiving a law degree from the University of Georgia in 1877. Elected to the Georgia General Assembly in 1886, he served four terms in the House, becoming Speaker in 1892. In the House, he helped establish Georgia Normal and Industrial College (now Georgia College and State University). Elected to two terms as governor, he served from 1894-1898. He championed progressive issues, hiring Georgia’s first salaried female state employee, Helen Dortch Longstreet, as Assistant State Librarian in 1894. Atkinson died at age 44 and is buried in the Presbyterian section of Newnan’s Oak Hill Cemetery.
 
Erected 2010 by Georgia Historical Society, the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society, and the Coweta County Genealogical Society. (Marker Number 38-2.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 33° 22.499′ N, 84° 47.982′ W. Marker is in Newnan, Georgia, in Coweta County. Marker is at the intersection of East Court Square (U.S. 29) and North Court Square, on the left when traveling north on East Court Square. Touch for map. Located at the original Coweta County
Governor William Yates Atkinson Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 1, 2011
2. Governor William Yates Atkinson Marker
Courthouse (now the Coweta County Probate Court). Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 East Court Square, Newnan GA 30263, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Coweta County (a few steps from this marker); Governor Ellis Gibbs Arnall (a few steps from this marker); Coweta County Confederate Monument (a few steps from this marker); Coweta County World War I Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); In Memory of General Daniel Newnan (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Hospitals (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Brown's Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Col. Joe M. Jackson (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newnan.
 
Also see . . .  William Y. Atkinson (1854-1899). The New Georgia Encyclopedia (Submitted on May 19, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 
 
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Governor William Yates Atkinson Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 1, 2011
3. Governor William Yates Atkinson Marker
The restored old Coweta County Courthouse is in the background.
Governor William Yates Atkinson image. Click for full size.
By James Pope Field
4. Governor William Yates Atkinson
Courtesy of Georgia Capitol Museum, Office of Secretary of State
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 17, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 683 times since then and 28 times this year. Last updated on October 17, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 17, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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