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Gov. William Yates  Atkinson

Gov. William Yates Atkinson

Male 1854 - 1899  (44 years)

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  • Name William Yates Atkinson 
    William Yates Atkinson, Sr.
    William Yates Atkinson, Sr.
    Governor of Georgia (1894-1898)
    Title Gov. 
    Born 11 Nov 1854  Oakland, Meriwether, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1860  Meriwether County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Residence 1870  District 9, Meriwether, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Political 1879  Newnan, Coweta, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Appointed Solicitor for Coweta County by Gov. Alfred Colquitt. 
    Public Service
    Public Service
    Residence 1880  Newnan, Coweta, Georgia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Political 1886  Newnan, Coweta, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Begins first of four terms in the Georgia legislature. 
    Political 1892  Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Speaker of the Georgia House. 
    Political 1894  Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Elected Governor of the State of Georgia. 
    Political 1896  Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Reelected Governor. 
    Died 8 Aug 1899  Newnan, Coweta, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Oak Hill Cemetery, Newnan, Coweta, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Findagrave memorial for William Yates Atkinson
    Findagrave memorial for William Yates Atkinson
    Created by Evening Blues, 7 Oct 2003
    Atkinson, William Yates, Sr.
    Atkinson, William Yates, Sr.
    Notes 
    • ATKINSON, William Yates, governor of, Georgia, was born in Oakland, Meriwether county, Ga., in 1856; son of John P. Atkinson. He was prepared for college at the Senoia high school, and was graduated from the University of Georgia, Athens, Ga., in 1877. He was admitted to the bar in 1878, and settled himself in the practice of his profession at Newman, Ga. In 1879 he was appointed solicitor-general of the Coweta circuit, by Governor Colquitt, and held the office for three years. In 1886 he was elected to the lower house of the state legislature on the Democratic ticket, was four times re-elected, and in 1892 was chosen speaker of the house. In 1890 he was elected president of the state Democratic convention, and chairman of the state Democratic executive committee in 1890 and in 1892. He became a trustee of the University of Georgia in 1890, and was governor of Georgia, 1895-'99. He was a founder of the Georgia Normal and Industrial college at Milledgeville. He died at Newnan, Ga., Aug. 8, 1899. [8]
    Person ID I1222  Dickinson
    Last Modified 21 Oct 2014 

    Father John Pepper Atkinson,   b. 12 Nov 1804, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Mar 1873, Meriwether County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Theodora Phelps,   b. 1820, Putnam County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1905, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 29 Jul 1849  Columbus, Muscogee County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Family ID F0479  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Susan Cobb Milton,   b. 1858, Marianna, Jackson, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1942  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 23 Feb 1880  Coweta County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Children 
    +1. John Pepper Atkinson, M.D.,   b. 2 Feb 1881, Newnan, Coweta, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Sep 1912  (Age 31 years)  [Birth]
     2. Lucille Belle Atkinson,   b. 27 Mar 1883, Newnan, Coweta, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Feb 1957, Newnan, Coweta, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)  [Birth]
     3. William Yates Atkinson,   b. 18 Jan 1887, Coweta County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Nov 1953, Coweta County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
     4. Bert Milton Atkinson,   b. 20 Mar 1889, Coweta County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Apr 1937  (Age 48 years)
    +5. Miriam Milton Atkinson,   b. 23 Nov 1891, Newnan, Coweta, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Mar 1968  (Age 76 years)  [Birth]
     6. Georgia Hardeman Atkinson,   b. 13 Oct 1895, Newnan, Coweta, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Dec 1996, Ormond Beach, Volusia, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 101 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 2 Sep 2015 
    Family ID F0380  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 11 Nov 1854 - Oakland, Meriwether, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1860 - Meriwether County, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPolitical - Appointed Solicitor for Coweta County by Gov. Alfred Colquitt. - 1879 - Newnan, Coweta, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 23 Feb 1880 - Coweta County, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPolitical - Begins first of four terms in the Georgia legislature. - 1886 - Newnan, Coweta, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPolitical - Speaker of the Georgia House. - 1892 - Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPolitical - Elected Governor of the State of Georgia. - 1894 - Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPolitical - Reelected Governor. - 1896 - Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 8 Aug 1899 - Newnan, Coweta, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Oak Hill Cemetery, Newnan, Coweta, Georgia Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S007837] Headstone, Oak Hill Cemetery, Newnan, Coweta County, Georgia.

    2. [S336339] The Governors of Georgia, James F. Cook, (Macon, Georgia: The Mercer University Press, 2005), 187.

    3. [S52] GA HomeTownLocator, (HTL, Inc.), http://georgia.hometownlocator.com., http://georgia.hometownlocator.com/ga/meriwether/oakland.cfm.
      "Oakland is a populated place located in Meriwether County at latitude 33.108 and longitude -84.591."

    4. [S014287] 1860 United States Census, Bureau of the Census, (Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1860), Census Place: , Meriwether, Georgia; Roll: M653_130; Page: 460; Image: 462; Family History Library Film: 803130.
      John F Atkinson/55
      Theodora Atkinson/40
      John P Atkinson/18
      Lucy A Atkinson/10
      Theodore E Atkinson/8
      Wm Y Atkinson/6
      Thomas A Atkinson/4
      Roswell Atkinson/2/12

    5. [S013899] 1870 United States Census, Bureau of the Census, (Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1870), Census Place: District 9, Meriwether, Georgia; Roll: M593_165; Page: 321B; Image: 185; Family History Library Film: 545664.

    6. [S014080] 1880 United States Census, Bureau of the Census, (Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1880), Census Place: Newnan, Coweta, Georgia; Roll: 142; Family History Film: 1254142; Page: 575A; Enumeration District: 042; Image: 0273.
      Boarders:
      William Atkinson/28
      Susan M/21

    7. [S336339] The Governors of Georgia, James F. Cook, (Macon, Georgia: The Mercer University Press, 2005), 188-189.

    8. [S009749] Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans, Rossiter Johnson, ed., (Boston, Massachusetts: The Biographical Society, 1904), vol. 1.

    9. [S100034] Coweta County Chronicles for One Hundred Years, Mary Gibson Jones and Lilly Reynolds, (Atlanta, Georgia: Stein Printing Co., 1928), 636.

    10. [S336339] The Governors of Georgia, James F. Cook, (Macon, Georgia: The Mercer University Press, 2005), 190.