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William Yates Atkinson

  • Birth 11 Nov 1854 Oakland, Meriwether County, Georgia, USA
  • Death 8 Aug 1899 Newnan, Coweta County, Georgia, USA
  • Burial Newnan, Coweta County, Georgia, USA
  • Memorial ID 7957529

Georgia Governor. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 1877, studied law and established a legal firm in Newnan, Georgia. He was solicitor of Coweta County, (1879- 82) and was a member of the Georgia House of Representatives, (1886-94). In 1894, he was elected as a Democrat the 40th Governor of Georgia, serving 1896. In seat as Governor, public school funding increased also pensions for Confederate soldiers and the Georgia Normal and Industrial School in Milledgeville, was established. After his term, he retired from public service and continued to practice law until his death at age 44. Atkinson County, Georgia, is named in his honor.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith



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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Evening Blues
  • Added: 7 Oct 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7957529
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Yates Atkinson (11 Nov 1854–8 Aug 1899), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7957529, citing Oak Hill Cemetery, Newnan, Coweta County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .