Troup-Clark Political Feud

Troup-Clark Political Feud (HMOAB)

Location: Milledgeville, GA 31061 Baldwin County
Country: United States of America

N 33° 4.819', W 83° 13.503'

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In the street near this site in June 1807, occurred the horse-whipping of Superior Court Judge Charles Tait by his political enemy John Clark, later Governor of Georgia. Clark was fined $2,000 for the assault. The incident illustrates Georgia politics in the 1800-1830 period when family and personal loyalties formed the unifying theme. Pistol duels and other violence were frequent and often fatal.

John Clark (Gov., 1819-1823) led the frontier settlers who stood for greater political democracy, while William H. Crawford and George M. Troup (Gov., 1823-1827) led the opposing conservative and aristocratic faction consolidated earlier by James Jackson (Gov., 1789-1801). For years the Troup and Clark parties contended in state politics, differing not so much in principles but in personalities. Under Clark's leadership the governor became elective by popular vote in 1824. Thus Georgia led other states in removing the chief executive from legislative appointment and control.
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HM NumberHMOAB
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
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Marker Number005-27
Year Placed1989
Placed ByGeorgia Department of Natural Resources
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Date Added Friday, September 26th, 2014 at 7:32am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 292312 N 3662392
Decimal Degrees33.08031667, -83.22505000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 4.819', W 83° 13.503'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 4' 49.14" N, 83° 13' 30.18" W
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Area Code(s)478, 706
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 156-198 S Jefferson St, Milledgeville GA 31061, US
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