Allgood, Andrew Perry
Industrialist Andrew Perry Allgood was born in Laurens County, South Carolina on November 23, 1816. Allgood’s family moved to the northwestern part of Georgia in 1837, and by 1840 he had established a successful general merchandise business—but Allgood had much larger plans. In 1847 he, his father-in-law, and a friend built the first cotton mill in northwest Georgia. Since the mill and adjacent town had a trio of founders, both were given the name Trion. Allgood was the first president of the Trion Manufacturing Company and remained in that position until his son took over in 1882. During the Civil War, the mill produced clothing for Confederate soldiers. Though it was destroyed by Sherman’s invading army in 1864, Allgood continued to provide employment for his workers—and even aid to those left widowed or orphaned by the war. After the war, the mill was rebuilt—and yet again after it was destroyed by fire in 1875. Allgood remained in the small town he had helped create for the remainder of his life, being noted for many philanthropic deeds. He died in Trion on September 8, 1882.