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This Day in Georgia History

November 16, 1911

John Slaton Sworn In

President of the Georgia Senate John M. Slaton was sworn in as acting governor following the election of Gov. Hoke Smith to fill the unexpired term of U.S. Senator Alexander S. Clay. In a January 1912 special election, Joseph M. Brown was elected governor to fill Smith’s term, but he chosen not run for reelection. In late 1912, Slaton overwhelmingly won the race for governor, taking office in June 1913.

To view an image of John Slaton, see the Digital Library of Georgia.