Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
James Moore Wayne, 1790-1867
For 32 Years Associate Of The U.S. Supreme Court
The house was originally owned by James M. Wayne, one of Georgia's most illustrious public men. After service as Mayor of Savannah, Judge of the Eastern Circuit, and as Congressman, he was appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States by President Jackson in 1835. An able and courageous jurist, Wayne served on the highest court with distinction until his death in 1867 at Washington.
Though devoted to his native State, Judge Wayne was a strong Unionist. Opposing Secession, he remained on the Supreme Court after Georgia left the Union, a decision sharply contrasting with the course of his son, Henry C. Wayne, who resigned his commission in the U.S. Army in 1860 on the approach of war to serve Georgia as Adjutant General.
The Wayne residence was purchased in 1831 by a distinguished Savannahian, William Washington Gordon (1796-1842), organizer and first President of the Central of Georgia Railroad. President Taft was a guest there in 1909.
Erected 1952 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 025-6.)
Marker series. Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 32° 4.614′ N, 81° 5.562′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker is on East Oglethorpe Ave. near Bull Street, in the median. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10 East Oglethorpe Avenue, Savannah GA 31401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "Tyrants Fall In Every Foe Liberty's In Every Blow" (here, next to this marker); Birthplace of Juliette Low (a few steps from this marker); Birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low (a few steps from this marker); Original 1733 Burial Plot (within shouting distance of this marker); Lowell Mason 1792- 1872 (within shouting distance of this marker); Independent Presbyterian Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Savannah's First Burying Ground (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dr. Wm. A. Caruthers (1802-46) (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
Also see . . . Wikipedia entry for James Moore Wayne. (Submitted on February 21, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
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