Governor William Yates Atkinson

Governor William Yates Atkinson (HMWNA)

Location: Newnan, GA 30263 Coweta County
Country: United States of America

N 33° 22.483', W 84° 47.983'

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(1854-1899)

Born in Meriwether County, William Yates Atkinson settled in Newnan after receiving a law degree from the University of Georgia in 1877. Elected to the Georgia General Assembly in 1886, he served four terms in the House, becoming Speaker in 1892. In the House, he helped establish Georgia Normal and Industrial College (now Georgia College and State University). Elected to two terms as governor, he served from 1894-1898. He championed progressive issues, hiring Georgia's first salaried female state employee, Helen Dortch Longstreet, as Assistant State Librarian in 1894. Atkinson died at age 44 and is buried in the Presbyterian section of Newnan's Oak Hill Cemetery.
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HM NumberHMWNA
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
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Marker Number38-2
Year Placed2010
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Society, the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society, and the Coweta County Genealogical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 12:38pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 704688 N 3694992
Decimal Degrees33.37471667, -84.79971667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 22.483', W 84° 47.983'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 22' 28.98" N, 84° 47' 58.98" W
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Area Code(s)770, 678
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8 E Court Square, Newnan GA 30263, US
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