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This Day in Georgia History

July 09, 1835

William J. Northen Born

William J. Northen was born in Jones County. He would become an educator, agricultural expert, state representative, state senator, governor, and Baptist leader. During his term as governor (1890-94), Northen stressed education and was successful in getting the school year extended, new schools created, an agricultural and mechanical school for blacks in Savannah, and a state normal school for training white teachers. Northen later became interested in history, writing (1907-1912) the 7-volume set, Men of Mark in Georgia, and becoming compiler of state records in 1911.

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Source: Photo: Ed Jackson