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Wilkes County

Cemeteries and Memorial Sites of Politicians in Wilkes County

Index to Locations

  • Smyrna Cemetery
  • Washington Rest Haven Cemetery

    Smyrna Cemetery
    Wilkes County, Georgia
    Politicians buried here:
      Matthew Talbot (1762-1827) — of Georgia. Born in Virginia, 1762. Delegate to Georgia state constitutional convention, 1798; member of Georgia state senate, 1808; Governor of Georgia, 1819. Died September 17, 1827 (age about 65 years). Interment at Smyrna Cemetery.
      Talbot County, Ga. is named for him.
      The city of Talbotton, Georgia, is named for him.
      See also National Governors Association biography

    Rest Haven Cemetery
    Washington, Wilkes County, Georgia
    Politicians buried here:
      Robert Augustus Toombs (1810-1885) — also known as Robert Toombs; Bob Toombs — of Washington, Wilkes County, Ga. Born in Wilkes County, Ga., July 2, 1810. Lawyer; member of Georgia state house of representatives, 1837-43; U.S. Representative from Georgia 8th District, 1845-53; U.S. Senator from Georgia, 1853-61; delegate to Georgia secession convention, 1861; Delegate from Georgia to the Confederate Provisional Congress, 1861-62; Confederate Secretary of State, 1861; general in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; fled to Europe in 1865 to avoid arrest by Union forces; he was suspected of involvement in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln; later returned to Georgia; delegate to Georgia state constitutional convention, 1877. One of the greatest orators of his time. Slaveowner. Died in Washington, Wilkes County, Ga., December 15, 1885 (age 75 years, 166 days). Interment at Rest Haven Cemetery.
      Toombs County, Ga. is named for him.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
      Books about Robert Toombs: William C. Davis, The Union That Shaped the Confederacy: Robert Toombs and Alexander H. Stephens
      Dudley McIver DuBose (1834-1883) — of Georgia. Born in Shelby County, Tenn., October 28, 1834. Democrat. General in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; U.S. Representative from Georgia 5th District, 1871-73; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1880. Slaveowner. Died in Washington, Wilkes County, Ga., March 2, 1883 (age 48 years, 125 days). Interment at Rest Haven Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Garnett Andrews (1837-1903) — of Yazoo City, Yazoo County, Miss.; Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tenn. Born in Washington, Wilkes County, Ga., May 15, 1837. Democrat. Colonel in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; lawyer; member of Mississippi state legislature, 1879-80; mayor of Chattanooga, Tenn., 1891-93. Died May 6, 1903 (age 65 years, 356 days). Interment at Rest Haven Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Judge Garnett Andrews and Annulet (Ball) Andrews; married 1867 to Rosalie Champ Beirne.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial

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