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This Day in Georgia History

August 25, 1827

Martha Lumpkin Born

Martha Lumpkin, youngest daughter of future-governor Wilson Lumpkin (1831-35), was born in Walton County (according to one source citing the Wilson Lumpkin family Bible). Her father was instrumental in state-establishment of the Western and Atlantic Railroad, which had its southern terminus in DeKalb County at the site that would one day become Atlanta. First named Terminus, the small but growing town was incorporated on Dec. 23, 1843 and named Marthasville in honor of ex-governor Lumpkin’s daughter. Martha married Thomas Compton in 1878, though they had no children. She died in Atlanta on Feb.13, 1917, and was buried in Oakland Cemetery.