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Fayette County Historical Markers

Governor Hugh M. Dorsey

  • Source: David Seibert
  • Marker: Governor Hugh M. Dorsey
  • Location: 240 South Glynn Street, Fayetteville

Governor Hugh M. Dorsey (1871-1948)

Hugh Manson Dorsey was born in Fayetteville, and was admitted to the Georgia bar at the Fayette County Courthouse in 1894. After practicing law at his father’s firm, Dorsey became solicitor general of the Atlanta Judicial Circuit in 1910. In this capacity, he prosecuted the 1913 murder case against Leo Frank. During his two-term governorship (1917-1921), Dorsey oversaw the wider implementation of the county unit system of election favoring rural areas; appointed Richard R. Wright, Sr. to direct Georgia’s African-American war effort during WWI; and published a pamphlet opposing the unjust treatment of African Americans in Georgia. Hugh Dorsey is buried in Atlanta’s Westview Cemetery.


Erected by the Georgia Historical Society, the Fayette County Historical Society, the Fayette Heritage Project, Fayetteville Main Street, and Fayetteville Downtown Development Authority 56-3