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This Day in Georgia History

September 01, 1946

Henri Talmadge Dobbs Died

Insurance executive and state government official Henri Talmadge Dobbs drowned while fishing on a lake on his farm near MacLand in Cobb County, Georgia. Born in Powder Springs in 1888, Dobbs entered the insurance industry as a file clerk in 1909 eventually rising through the ranks of what would become the Life Insurance Company of Georgia. In the early 1940s, Dobbs entered public service working on the staffs of two governors - including serving as Gov. Ellis Arnall’s chief of staff. Dobbs also served on the Board of Public Welfare and the Georgia Merit System Council. The year before his death, he was named chairman of the State Board of Personnel Administration, which was responsible for administering Georgia’s state merit system.