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This Day in Georgia History

November 17, 1912

Joseph M. Terrell Died

Former governor Joseph M. Terrell died in Atlanta. Born in Greenville, Georgia on June 6, 1861, he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1882. His political career began two years later when at age 23, he was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives. At age 29, Terrell was elected to the Georgia Senate, and two years later he was elected Georgia Attorney General. In 1902, at age 41, he was elected governor to the first of three consecutive two-year terms (1902-07). A popular chief executive, he is best remembered for his efforts to promote education in Georgia. After retirement, he resumed the practice of law briefly. When U.S. Senator Alexander Clay died in 1910, Gov. Joseph M. Brown appointed Terrell to fill Clay’s unexpired term. However, a stroke forced him to resign in 1911. He died the next year at his home.

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