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Gwinnett County Historical Markers

Birthplace of Bill Arp

  • Source: David Seibert
  • Marker: Birthplace of Bill Arp
  • Location: Old Gwinnett County Courthouse in Lawrenceville


The beloved Charles Henry Smith was born here June 15, 1826. He married Mary Hutchins of Lawrenceville in 1849, beginning his law practice and moved to Rome in 1851. Major, Confederate Army. His Nom de plume, “Bill Arp,” was first used in 1861. Appointed Judge Advocate, Macon, 1864. State Senator 1865-1866. Mayor of Rome, Ga. 1868-1869. Moved near Cartersville in 1877, and into town 1888. A brilliant writer, gentle philosopher, and entertaining humorist for more than forty years, he died August 24, 1903.

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