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This Day in Georgia History

December 01, 1895

E.D. Rivers Born

To view an image of E.D. Rivers, see the Georgia Archives.

Eurith Dickinson (Ed) Rivers was born in Center Point, Ark. After graduating from Young Harris College (1915) and obtaining a law degree from LaSalle Extension University (1923), Rivers was admitted to the Georgia Bar and moved to Lanier County. In 1924, he was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives, and two years later to the Georgia Senate. Rivers unsuccessfully ran for governor in 1928 and 1930 but subsequently was elected to the Georgia House in 1932, where he served as speaker (1933-36). In 1936, Rivers was elected governor on a platform of support for Pres. Roosevelt’s New Deal programs. He was reelected in 1938 for a second two-year term. Rivers’ administration included many achievements to improve Georgia state government, although unfortunately it was beset with scandals, such as granting 1,897 pardons during his four years in office. Rivers died in Atlanta on June 11, 1967.

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Source: Photo: Ed Jackson