Robert Toombs Oak

Robert Toombs Oak (HM7Q3)

Location: Athens, GA 30602 Clarke County
Country: United States of America

N 33° 57.406', W 83° 22.508'

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A majestic oak tree once stood on this spot and one of the University's most endearing legends also flourished here.

Robert Toombs (1810-1885) was young, and boisterous when he was dismissed from Franklin College in 1828. Five decades later it was said that Toombs returned on the next commencement day after he was expelled and spoke so eloquently under the tree that the entire audience left the chapel to hear him. Later, it was said, that the tree was struck by lightning on the day Toombs died and never recovered. The tree finally collapsed in 1908 and the remains were cut into mementos that have since been handed down by alumni.

Robert Toombs was a lawyer, planter and statesman. He served in the Georgia House 1837-1840, 1842-1845, in the U.S. Congress 1845-1853, the U.S. Senate from 1853 until he resigned in 1861. Toombs was Secretary of State of the Confederacy then a brigadier general in the C.S.A. He also played a major role in Georgia's Constitutional Convention of 1877.

Marker erected at direction of General Assembly resolution approved March, 1985.
HM NumberHM7Q3
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number029-15
Year Placed1987
Placed ByGeorgia Department of Natural Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 11:46am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 280526 N 3759904
Decimal Degrees33.95676667, -83.37513333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 57.406', W 83° 22.508'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 57' 24.36" N, 83° 22' 30.48" W
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Area Code(s)706
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 225-399 Herty Dr, Athens GA 30602, US
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