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Clarke County
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Cemeteries and Memorial Sites of Politicians in Clarke County

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    Private or family graveyard
    Clarke County, Georgia
    Politicians buried here:
      James Meriwether (1788-1852) — of Georgia. Born in Wilkes County, Ga., June 22, 1788. Member of Georgia state legislature, 1820; U.S. Representative from Georgia at-large, 1825-27. Slaveowner. Died in Madison County, Tenn., July 13, 1852 (age 64 years, 21 days). Interment in a private or family graveyard.
      Relatives: Son of David Meriwether (1755-1822) and Frances (Wingfield) Meriwether (1763-1820); first cousin of David Meriwether (1800-1893); first cousin once removed of James Meriwether (1755-1817); second cousin of Meriwether Lewis and James Archibald Meriwether; second cousin once removed of George Rockingham Gilmer, Reuben Handy Meriwether and Frances Meriwether (1848-1940; who married Anson Rainey); third cousin once removed of Theodorick Bland; fourth cousin of John Randolph of Roanoke and Henry St. George Tucker; fourth cousin once removed of Nathaniel Beverly Tucker.
      Political families: Demarest-Meriwether-Lewis family of New Jersey; Harrison-Randolph-Marshall-Cabell family of Virginia; Walker-Meriwether-Kellogg family of Virginia (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page


    Unknown Location
    Athens, Clarke County, Georgia


    Gospel Pilgrim Cemetery
    Athens, Clarke County, Georgia
    See also Findagrave page for this location.
    Politicians buried here:
      William Anderson Pledger (1852-1904) — also known as William A. Pledger — of Athens, Clarke County, Ga.; Atlanta, Fulton County, Ga. Born in Georgia, February, 1852. Republican. Delegate to Republican National Convention from Georgia, 1880, 1888, 1892, 1896. African ancestry. Died in Georgia, January 8, 1904 (age 51 years, 0 days). Interment at Gospel Pilgrim Cemetery.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    Oconee Hill Cemetery
    207 Cemetery Street
    Athens, Clarke County, Georgia
    Founded 1856
    See also Findagrave page for this location.
    Politicians buried here:
      Howell Cobb (1815-1868) — of Athens, Clarke County, Ga. Born in Jefferson County, Ga., September 7, 1815. Democrat. U.S. Representative from Georgia, 1843-51, 1855-57 (at-large 1843-45, 6th District 1845-51, 1855-57); Speaker of the U.S. House, 1849-51; Governor of Georgia, 1851-53; U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, 1857-60; Delegate from Georgia to the Confederate Provisional Congress, 1861-62; general in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Slaveowner. Died in New York, New York County, N.Y., October 9, 1868 (age 53 years, 32 days). Interment at Oconee Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of John Addison Cobb (1788-1855) and Sarah Robinson (Rootes) Cobb (1792-1865); brother of Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb; married 1835 to Mary Ann Lamar (1818-1889); nephew of Howell Cobb; grandfather of Andrew Cobb Erwin; great-grandson of Howell Lewis; great-grandnephew of John Smith; first cousin of Henry Rootes Jackson; second cousin twice removed of Meriwether Lewis; second cousin thrice removed of George Washington; third cousin of Thomas Leonidas Crittenden; third cousin once removed of Thomas Chilton, William Parish Chilton, David Shelby Walker and Joshua Chilton; third cousin twice removed of Bushrod Washington; third cousin thrice removed of Dracos Alexander Dimitry Jr. (1922-1973); fourth cousin of James David Walker, Commodore Perry Chilton, David Shelby Walker Jr. and Shadrach Chilton; fourth cousin once removed of John Thornton Augustine Washington, Horace George Chilton and Arthur Bounds Chilton.
      Political families: Pendleton-Lee family of Maryland; Jackson-Lee family (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      The World War II Liberty ship SS Howell Cobb (built 1943 at Richmond, California; scuttled as a breakwater in Cook Inlet, 1966) was named for him.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — National Governors Association biography — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Books by Howell Cobb: A Scriptural Examination of the Institution of Slavery in the United States, With its Objects and Purposes (1856)
      David Dean Rusk (1909-1994) — also known as Dean Rusk — Born in Cherokee County, Ga., February 9, 1909. Rhodes scholar; colonel in the U.S. Army during World War II; U.S. Secretary of State, 1961-69. Presbyterian. Member, Council on Foreign Relations; Kappa Alpha Order. Received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969. Died of congestive heart failure, in Athens, Clarke County, Ga., December 20, 1994 (age 85 years, 314 days). Interment at Oconee Hill Cemetery.
      See also Wikipedia article
      Joseph Henry Lumpkin (1799-1867) — also known as Joseph H. Lumpkin — Born in Oglethorpe County, Ga., December 23, 1799. Lawyer; member of Georgia state house of representatives, 1824-25; chief justice of Georgia Supreme Court, 1845-67; died in office 1867. Died in Athens, Clarke County, Ga., June 4, 1867 (age 67 years, 163 days). Interment at Oconee Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Brother of Wilson Lumpkin; married to Callender Cunningham Grieve (1803-1871); father of Marion McHenry Lumpkin (1822-1897; who married Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb (1823-1862)).
      Political families: Walker-Meriwether-Kellogg family of Virginia; Pendleton-Lee family of Maryland; Jackson-Lee family; Lee-Randolph family; Washington-Walker family of Virginia; Lumpkin family of Athens, Georgia (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Wilson Lumpkin (1783-1870) — of Madison, Morgan County, Ga.; Monroe, Walton County, Ga.; Athens, Clarke County, Ga. Born in Pittsylvania County, Va., January 14, 1783. Democrat. Member of Georgia state house of representatives, 1808; member of Georgia state senate, 1812; U.S. Representative from Georgia, 1815-17, 1827-31 (at-large 1815-17, 4th District 1827-29, at-large 1829-31); Governor of Georgia, 1831-35; U.S. Senator from Georgia, 1837-41. Slaveowner. Died in Athens, Clarke County, Ga., December 28, 1870 (age 87 years, 348 days). Interment at Oconee Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Brother of Joseph Henry Lumpkin; uncle of John Henry Lumpkin and Marion McHenry Lumpkin (1822-1897; who married Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb (1823-1862)); grandfather of Middleton Pope Barrow.
      Political families: Walker-Meriwether-Kellogg family of Virginia; Pendleton-Lee family of Maryland; Jackson-Lee family; Lee-Randolph family; Washington-Walker family of Virginia; Lumpkin family of Athens, Georgia (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      Lumpkin County, Ga. is named for him.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — National Governors Association biography — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
      William Bailey Lamar (1853-1928) — also known as William B. Lamar — of Monticello, Jefferson County, Fla. Born near Monticello, Jefferson County, Fla., June 12, 1853. Democrat. Lawyer; county judge in Florida, 1883-86; member of Florida state house of representatives, 1887; Florida state attorney general, 1889-99; U.S. Representative from Florida 3rd District, 1903-09. Died September 26, 1928 (age 75 years, 106 days). Interment at Oconee Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Thompson B. Lamar and Sarah Bellamy (Bailey) Lamar; married, June 28, 1904, to Ethel (Toy) Healey; nephew of Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar (1825-1893).
      Political family: Lamar family of Georgia.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Sampson Willis Harris (1809-1857) — of Wetumpka, Elmore County, Ala. Born in Elbert County, Ga., February 23, 1809. Democrat. Member of Alabama state house of representatives, 1834, 1844; U.S. Representative from Alabama, 1847-57 (3rd District 1847-55, 7th District 1855-57). Slaveowner. Died April 1, 1857 (age 48 years, 37 days). Interment at Oconee Hill Cemetery; cenotaph at Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Augustin Smith Clayton (1783-1839) — also known as Augustin S. Clayton — of Athens, Clarke County, Ga. Born in Fredericksburg, Va., November 27, 1783. Member of Georgia state house of representatives, 1810; state court judge in Georgia, 1819; member of Georgia state senate, 1826; U.S. Representative from Georgia at-large, 1832-35. Slaveowner. Died in Athens, Clarke County, Ga., June 21, 1839 (age 55 years, 206 days). Interment at Oconee Hill Cemetery.
      Clayton County, Ga. is named for him.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Samuel Joelah Tribble (1869-1916) — also known as Samuel J. Tribble — of Athens, Clarke County, Ga. Born in Franklin County, Ga., November 15, 1869. Democrat. Lawyer; U.S. Representative from Georgia 8th District, 1911-16; died in office 1916. Died December 8, 1916 (age 47 years, 23 days). Interment at Oconee Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Married to Minnie B. McEntire.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Henry Hull Carlton (1835-1905) — also known as Henry H. Carlton — of Athens, Clarke County, Ga. Born in Athens, Clarke County, Ga., May 12, 1835. Democrat. Physician; served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; member of Georgia state house of representatives, 1873-77, 1899; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1876; newspaper editor and publisher; lawyer; member of Georgia state senate, 1884-85; U.S. Representative from Georgia 8th District, 1887-91. Died in Athens, Clarke County, Ga., October 26, 1905 (age 70 years, 167 days). Interment at Oconee Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of James R. Carlton (1795-1888) and Elizabeth Ann (Espey) Carlton (1802-1865); married 1867 to Helen C. Newton (1844-1934).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Robert Grier Stephens Jr. (1913-2003) — also known as Robert G. Stephens, Jr. — of Athens, Clarke County, Ga. Born in Atlanta, Fulton County, Ga., August 14, 1913. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; lawyer; member of Georgia state senate, 1951-53; member of Georgia state house of representatives from Clarke County, 1953-59; U.S. Representative from Georgia 10th District, 1961-77. Presbyterian. Member, American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Elks; Kiwanis; Woodmen. Died, in a hospital at Athens, Clarke County, Ga., February 20, 2003 (age 89 years, 190 days). Interment at Oconee Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Great-grandnephew of Alexander Hamilton Stephens (1812-1883).
      Political family: Stephens family of Crawfordville and Atlanta, Georgia.
      Cross-reference: Tillie K. Fowler
      The Robert G. Stephens Jr. Federal Building, in Athens, Georgia, is named for him.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb (1823-1862) — also known as Thomas R. R. Cobb — of Georgia. Born in Jefferson County, Ga., April 10, 1823. Lawyer; Delegate from Georgia to the Confederate Provisional Congress, 1861-62; general in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Shot and killed in the battle of Fredericksburg, Stafford County, Va., December 13, 1862 (age 39 years, 247 days). Interment at Oconee Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of John Addison Cobb (1788-1855) and Sarah Robinson (Rootes) Cobb (1792-1865); brother of Howell Cobb (1815-1868); married 1844 to Marion McHenry Lumpkin (1822-1897; daughter of Joseph Henry Lumpkin; niece of Wilson Lumpkin); father of Marion Birdie Cobb (1860-1919; who married Michael Hoke Smith); nephew of Howell Cobb (1772-1818); great-grandson of Howell Lewis; great-grandnephew of John Smith; first cousin of Henry Rootes Jackson; second cousin twice removed of Meriwether Lewis; second cousin thrice removed of George Washington; third cousin of Thomas Leonidas Crittenden; third cousin once removed of Thomas Chilton, William Parish Chilton, David Shelby Walker and Joshua Chilton; third cousin twice removed of Bushrod Washington; third cousin thrice removed of Dracos Alexander Dimitry Jr. (1922-1973); fourth cousin of James David Walker, Commodore Perry Chilton, David Shelby Walker Jr. and Shadrach Chilton; fourth cousin once removed of John Thornton Augustine Washington, Horace George Chilton and Arthur Bounds Chilton.
      Political families: Pendleton-Lee family of Maryland; Jackson-Lee family (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      Tinsley White Rucker Jr. (1848-1926) — also known as Tinsley W. Rucker, Jr. — of Athens, Clarke County, Ga. Born in Farmhill, Elbert County, Ga., March 24, 1848. Democrat. U.S. Representative from Georgia 8th District, 1917. Died November 18, 1926 (age 78 years, 239 days). Interment at Oconee Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: First cousin once removed of Young Loftin Gerdine Harris (1812-1894).
      Political family: Heard family of Elberton, Georgia.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Robert Ligon McWhorter (1891-1960) — also known as Bob McWhorter — of Athens, Clarke County, Ga. Born in Lexington, Oglethorpe County, Ga., June 4, 1891. Law professor; mayor of Athens, Ga., 1940-47; named to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1954. Member, Phi Beta Kappa; Chi Phi. Died in Athens, Clarke County, Ga., June 29, 1960 (age 69 years, 25 days). Interment at Oconee Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Hamilton McWhorter (1857-1929; judge) and Sallie (Pharr) McWhorter (1860-1923); brother of Camilla Oliver McWhorter (born 1884; who married Andrew Cobb Erwin (1884-1941)); married, October 12, 1921, to Louise Walker (1895-1942).
      Political family: Jackson-Lee family (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      McWhorter Hall (dormitory, built 1966, rebuilt in new location 2004), University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, is named for him.
      See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Andrew Cobb Erwin (1884-1941) — also known as Andrew C. Erwin — of Athens, Clarke County, Ga. Born in Athens, Clarke County, Ga., December 22, 1884. Democrat. Insurance and real estate business; banker; mayor of Athens, Ga., 1918-21; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1920, 1924, 1928, 1932. Hit by a car on the street in front of his house, and died as a result, in Athens, Clarke County, Ga., February 16, 1941 (age 56 years, 56 days). Interment at Oconee Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Alexander Smith Erwin (1843-1902; judge) and Mary Ann Lamar (Cobb) Erwin; married, April 24, 1912, to Camilla Oliver McWhorter (born 1884; sister of Robert Ligon McWhorter (1891-1960)); grandson of Howell Cobb.
      Political family: Jackson-Lee family (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      May Erwin Talmadge (1885-1973) — also known as May Marie Erwin; Mrs. Julius Y. Talmadge — of Athens, Clarke County, Ga. Born in Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tenn., February 26, 1885. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1948, 1952; member of Georgia state board of education 10th District, 1950. Female. Member, Daughters of the American Revolution. Died August 2, 1973 (age 88 years, 157 days). Interment at Oconee Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Daughter of Harry Johnson Erwin (1856-1930) and Mary A. (Mills) Erwin; married, October 18, 1905, to Julius Young Talmadge (1880-1940); second great-granddaughter of Thomas Jefferson Campbell (1793-1850).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Young Loftin Gerdine Harris (1812-1894) — also known as Young L. G. Harris — of Elbert County, Ga.; Clarke County, Ga. Born in Elbert County, Ga., 1812. Member of Georgia state house of representatives, 1841, 1847-52; delegate to Georgia state constitutional convention, 1865. Died in Athens, Clarke County, Ga., 1894 (age about 82 years). Interment at Oconee Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Married to Susan Allen (daughter of Singleton Walthall Allen; aunt by marriage of Willis B. Adams (1861-1913)); nephew of Jeptha Vining Harris; first cousin once removed of Tinsley White Rucker Jr..
      Political family: Heard family of Elberton, Georgia.


    Old Athens Cemetery
    Jackson Street
    Athens, Clarke County, Georgia
    Politicians buried here:
      Charles Dougherty (1801-1853) — of Georgia. Born in 1801. State court judge in Georgia, 1840. Died November 26, 1853 (age about 52 years). Interment at Old Athens Cemetery.
      Dougherty County, Ga. is named for him.

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