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Felton, William Harrell

Doctor, politician, and minister William Harrell Felton was born in Lexington, Georgia on June 19, 1823. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 1842 and the Medical College of Georgia in 1844. Felton opened a medical practice in Cartersville in 1847 but soon gave up medicine because of nerves and took up farming. In 1848, he became a Methodist minister, volunteering his services for the next half century. Felton’s first wife died in 1851, and he married Rebecca Latimer two years later. Also in 1851, he was elected to the General Assembly, where he served in the House for one term. During the Civil War, Felton volunteered as a surgeon in Macon. In 1874, he successfully ran Congress as an Independent Democrat. Felton served three terms but lost a reelection bid in 1880. In 1884, he was elected to the Georgia House from Bartow County and served three terms. Also, from 1886 to 1892, Felton served as a trustee of the University of Georgia. He died in Cartersville, Georgia on September 24, 1909.

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Source: William H. Felton Plaque, Photo by Ed Jackson