“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Atlanta in Fulton County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)

Gov. John M. Slaton


Gov. John M. Slaton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jerry Klinger, June 17, 2015
1. Gov. John M. Slaton Marker
John Marshall Slaton was born in Meriwether County and graduated from the University of Georgia before practicing law in Atlanta. Slaton served in both houses of the Georgia legislature and two terms as governor (1911-12 and 1913-15). While in office, he modernized Georgiaís tax system and roads. Concerned by the sensationalized atmosphere and circumstantial evidence that led to the notorious 1913 conviction of Jewish businessman Leo Frank in the murder of teenager Mary Phagan, Slaton granted Frank clemency in June 1915. Slatonís commutation of Frankís death sentence drew national attention but hostile local backlash resulted in Frankís lynching in August 1915 and the end of Slatonís political career. Slaton lived on property adjacent to todayís Atlanta History Center and Slaton Drive (named in his honor). He is buried in Oakland cemetery.
Erected 2015 by Georgia Historical Society, Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation, Atlanta History Center. (Marker Number 60-14.)
Location. 33° 50.477′ N, 84° 23.095′ W. Marker is in Atlanta, Georgia, in Fulton County. Marker is on Slaton Drive, NW near West Paces Drive, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. On right side, 50 feet South of Veterans Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3189 Slaton Drive, Atlanta GA 30305, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Civil War Siege Cannon (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Swan House (approx. ľ mile away); “The Storyteller” (approx. 0.3 miles away); Ward's Div. Encamped (approx. half a mile away); 4th A.C. at Buckhead (approx. half a mile away); 20th A.C.; Pace's Fy. Rd. (approx. 0.7 miles away); Old Cheshire Bridge Road (was approx. one mile away but has been reported missing. ); Sardis Methodist Church (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atlanta.
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 10, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 5, 2016, by Jerry Klinger of Boynton Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 152 times since then and 29 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on November 5, 2016, by Jerry Klinger of Boynton Beach, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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