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Greene County Historical Markers

Governor Peter Early


  • Source: Ed Jackson
  • Marker: Governor Peter Early
  • Location: Ga. 15 just north of the Oconee River

GOVERNOR PETER EARLY

Near here, on a bluff overlooking the river, stood the homre of Governor Peter Early, one of Georgia’s great men. Born in Virginia, June 30, 1773, a graduate of Princeton, he was a lawyer, judge, State Senator, Congressman, Governor during the difficult years 1813-1815, and trustee of the University of Georgia. He died August 15, 1817 and was buried here. In December 1914, his remains were reinterred in Greensboro with fitting ceremonies. Early County is named for him. Near here, also, stood Fort Clarke, erected for the protection of the early settlers against Indian raids.

066-6 GEORGIA HISTORICAL MARKER 1986