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Burke County's 8 Governors

 
 
Burke County's 8 Governors Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 2008
1. Burke County's 8 Governors Marker
Inscription. Historic Burke County, formerly St. George`s Parish, claims 8 Ga. Governors by birth, residence or marriage. JOHN HOUSTOUN (1744-1796), Rev. patriot, member of Continental Congress, Gov. 1778-1779 & 1784-1785, was born near present Waynesboro. LYMAN HALL (1724-1790), Ga. signer of the Declaration of Independence, Gov. 1783-1874, died at his plantation home, Shell Bluff, in Burke Co. EDWARD TELFAIR (1735-1807), member of Continental Congress, signer of Articles of Confederation, Gov. 1785-1787 & 1789-1793, owned and operated large plantations in this county. JARED IRWIN (1750-1818), distinguished Rev. soldier and Indian fighter, Gov. 1796-1798 and 1806-1809, lived in the county for 30 years. DAVID EMANUEL (1744-1810) gallant Rev. soldier, Gov. 1801, was a resident and is believed to be buried in Burke County. WILLIAM SCHLEY (1786-1858), Judge, Congressman, Gov. 1835-1837, married Elizabeth, daughter of Brig. Gen. Abraham Jackson, of this county. HERSCHEL V. JOHNSON (1812-1880), Sen. Judge, candidate for Vice-President with Douglas, member of Conf. Senate, Gov. 1853-1857, was born and grew up in Burke County. HOKE SMITH (1855-1931), lawyer, editor, Sec. of Interior, Sen., Gov. 1907-1909 & 1911, was principal of Waynesboro Academy for several years.
 
Erected 1956 by Georgia Historical Commission
Burke County's 8 Governors Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2011
2. Burke County's 8 Governors Marker
. (Marker Number 017-8.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 33° 5.424′ N, 82° 0.953′ W. Marker is in Waynesboro, Georgia, in Burke County. Marker is at the intersection of N. Liberty St (U.S. 25) and W. 6th Street (Georgia Route 56/80) on N. Liberty St. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Waynesboro GA 30830, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Burke County (here, next to this marker); Burke County Veteran's Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Washington’s Southern Tour (a few steps from this marker); Lost Burke County Men S.S. Otranto (a few steps from this marker); Waynesborough (within shouting distance of this marker); To Honor George Washington (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Shell Bluff (about 400 feet away); The J.D. Roberts Home (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Waynesboro.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia entry for John Houstoun. He was a delegate for Georgia in the Continental Congress in 1775 (Submitted on May 22, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. Wikipedia entry for Lyman Hall. Hall graduated from
Waynesboro Courthouse, on left of door is Burke County's 8 Governors Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 2008
3. Waynesboro Courthouse, on left of door is Burke County's 8 Governors Marker
At right of door is Burke County Marker
Yale College in 1747 and studied theology with his uncle, Rev Samuel Hall (Submitted on May 22, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

3. New Georgia Encyclopedia entry for Edward Telfair. Telfair formed a partnership with his brother and Basil Cowper, another Scotsman, and became one of the most successful merchants in colonial Georgia. (Submitted on May 22, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

4. New Georgia Encyclopedia entry for Jared Irwin. Irwin County, in central Georgia, is named in his honor, as is its former seat, Irwinville, the locale of Confederate president Jefferson Davis's capture in 1865. (Submitted on May 22, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

5. Wikipedia entry for David Emanuel. Emanuel was born in Pennsylvania in 1744. (Submitted on May 22, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

6. Wikipedia entry for William Schley. He was born in Frederick, Maryland and moved to Augusta, Georgia in the early 1800s (Submitted on May 22, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

7. New Georgia Encyclopedia entry for Herschel Johnson. Taken as a whole, his contradictions encapsulate the intense ambivalence Georgians felt toward disunion, especially in the years before the Civil War (1861-65). (Submitted on May 22, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

8. New Georgia Encyclopedia entry for Hoke Smith. Smith was also a trial attorney and publisher of the Atlanta Journal. (Submitted on May 22, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 22, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,791 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on May 22, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   2. submitted on February 2, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   3. submitted on May 22, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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