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DeKalb County Historical Markers

Rebecca Latimer Felton


  • Source: David Seibert
  • Marker: Rebecca Latimer Felton
  • Location: US 278 at Wellborn Rd, east of Panola Rd

REBECCA LATIMER FELTON

Birthplace of Rebecca Ann Latimer (1835-1930), daughter of Chas. and Eleanor (Swift) Latimer, pioneer settlers at this point on the Decatur-Covington road. Married in 1853 to Dr. William H. Felton, later Member of Congress and a trustee of the University of Georgia, she became a noted writer and a tireless suffrage and temperance advocate.

On Sept. 22, 1922, Sen. Thomas E. Watson died in office. Pending a special election, Gov. Thomas W. Hardwick named Mrs. Felton to fill the vacancy, thus bestowing upon her the honor of being the first woman to serve in the United States Senate.

GHM 044-88 GEORGIA HISTORICAL COMMISSION 1956