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Heard County Historical Markers

Benjamin Hawkins


  • Source: David Seibert
  • Marker: Benjamin Hawkins
  • Location: Franklin Community Center on GA 34 at old US 27, Franklin

BENJAMIN HAWKINS

“The Beloved Man of the Four Nations” to the Creeks, Benjamin Hawkins (1754 - 1816) was appointed Indian agent by President Washington. Soldier, Congressman, Senator, he determined with firmness and kindness to guide the Indians toward civilization. His agency was on the Flint River near Roberta.

The first known written record of a journey through this area was made by Hawkins. His system of accurate measurement by elapsed time between points, established at 3 miles an hour on horseback, and his description of streams and terrain make his way easily followed today. A short distance south of here is “a very extensive view westward,” described in his journal.

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GEORGIA HISTORICAL COMMISSION

1959