when quite young, and being a poor boy found
•a hard, l ugged road to travel. But by his en
ergy, industry and integrity he managed to
raise a large family, wh< m he supplied with all
the luxuries of life. He has always lived a
sober, industrious life, and by his genial dispo
tion has gained for himself a host of friends.
His opportunities in life have been only those
which a man steadily engaged in the duties of
farm life could enjoy. But what sphere of life is
better suited for instilling principles of justice
and purity of heart which should characterize
-hose who occupy seats in the halls of legisla
tion? If not so well experienced in public speak
ng, yet no county has had a more honest or con
scientious representative than the county of
DR. WILLIAM 21. FELTON.
Although 63 years of age, Dr. William H.
Felton seems a very much younger man on the
stump or addressing the House on his bill to
provide a State reformatory school for child
criminals. On the stump Dr. Felton is recog
nized to be the match, if not the master, of any
man in Georgia; ana yet his manner of action
and his voice are not within the definition of
he qualities laid down in the books as
necessary for an orator. As he ap
pears to-day he is fully six feet tall: of
spare but almost br.-iwnv build. His hair
s snow white, which, combed straight back up
>ffhis forehead, gives him a decidedly distin
guished look. He wears no beard; his features
ire sharp, and his long, well-shaped Grecian
nose and broad mouth and compressed lips, be
‘oken that combativeness of nature which has
carried him into those forensic contests whence
he has won honor and distinction. His power
oefore the people lies as much in the sincerity
>f his convictions and in his real democratic
sentiments towards the masses, as in the power
of his arguments and force of his facts.
It is due to this matchless power, to his spot
less integrity, and, perhaps, to bad nominations
by the Democratic party, that the Doctor owes
his elevation to congress, during three succes
sive terms, respectively the 44th, 45th and 46th
•ODgresses. At each of these elections he was
tn Independent Democratic candidate, owing to
the fact that there was a general mistrust in the
listrict of the way nominating conventions of
ha party had been and were, made. Upon his
retirement after the 46th congress (he people of
Bartow county immediately besought him to
■•epresent them in the legislature. He con
sented to run at the last general
■lection for the House of Representatives, and
he was elected without opposition. If he be not
he ablest man in the House, it is beyond dis
pute that he is the equal of any member. He
is an ardent worker, and one of the most regu
lar attendents here is on the sessions of the
House. He is on the committees of finance, ed
ucation, lunatic asylum, state of the republic,
ind sanitary and temperance. At the fpresent
idjourned session, he introduced a bill for a
State reformatory prison school, where boy and
girl criminals should be sent until they should
nave reached a certain mature age.
He made several speeches in ex
planation, in advocacy, and in defense
of the measure. Although the bill received the
; us of kbe.'influential and
'‘unnKing men of the House, and its passage was
encouraged by the philanthropists of the State,
the condition of the public temperament seemed
obe opposed to it just at this time, and the
'measure is lost for the present legislature.
Dr. Felton does not owe all his knowledge of
and skill in legislation to his terms in Congress,
for he was known as a prudent legislator, wh'eri
he served as a member of the State Legislature in
•851, his only public service until the 44th Con-1
gress, if indeed, his services for three months
is assistant surgeon in the hospital during the
-war between the States, be not counted.
Whilst the Doctor is not pugnacious, it may
be said with truth that he is forensic disputa
or: or, as the debaters of Oxford and
Cambridge are called, he may with due
respect be dubbed “ senior wrangler.” Out of
his spirit, as well as from the promptings of his
progressive, aggressive nature, doubtless came
he Cartersville Courant—one of the best weekly
papers in the State, and which the Doctor and
iis erudite and brilliant wife edit.
The Doctor resides about two miles outside of
-Cartersville. He was born in Oglethorpe coun
y, Ga., June 19, 1823. His boyhood days were
spent in that county and in Athens, Ga., where
he was educated.
After leaving school be began the study
>t medicine. He taught school a short time; but
lis life avocation has been farming. In 1847
the Doctor left Athens and moved to Bartow
•ounty, where he has resided ever since. In
’843 he was married to Miss Ann Carlton, of
Athens, and by whom he has one danghter, who
s now Mrs. Ann Gibbons, of Rome, Ga. Mrs.
Felton did not live long, however. In 1853, just
en years after his first marriage, Dr. Felton
■<ed to the altar his present wife, Miss Rebecca A.
Latimer, by whom he has one son, Charles,
about 13 years old, and who is at home with his
John Felton, the father of Dr. Felton I
and the son of the venerable Job Felton
was born in Wilkes county, Ga., in 1790. He j
was a farmer by avocation, a Whig in partv
md a Baptist in ‘religion. His wife was Mary
.1). Smith, who in Oglethorpe county
n 1798, and who was a daughter of Peter Smith
She was a Methodist. John Felton was a cap
tain in the war of 1812,- and the doctor was the
Dr. Felton has always been a successful man
but his race has not been after money, nor has
he been such a miser as to have laid up
much. Still by moderate care, he has a com
petency remaining sufficient to sustain himself
md family in all comforts. The doctor is very
domestic. Both he and Mrs. Felton are Metho
lisis: and the doctor can, and does deliver as
_ood a sermon as a political speech.
W. K. WILLIAMS.
7 Hoe. W. K. Williams, the subject of this
•ketch, is the son of Abij&h and Melissa Wil
iams and was born in Habersham county,
April-20th, 1815. He was one of twins and is
one of the first children. He has two brothers
and four sisters.
His father was a mechanic and farmer, a Bap
igt in religion and in politics a Democrat.
mother was Melissa Meeks, daughter of
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Wm. S. Meeks, to whom she was born in 1820,
in the county of Habersham. She was also a
member of the Baptist Church.
From his his 24th year he lived in
the county of his nativity, where his education
was acquired in the common schools of his day.
He left schopl in November, 1861, to become’a
private in the Confederate ranks. He served
his country gallantly in battle, remaining in
service until the surrender, when he returned
to his Georgia home to engage in the pursuit of
farming' In 1867-88 he taught school, and in
1869-70 and ’7l, he followed the trade of a me
chanic. About this period of his life he got
matrimony ip his head and in January, 1870, he
was wedded to Miss Martha A. Cantrell, the
daughter of Mr. Stephen Cantrell, of White
county. Mrs. Williams is'a Methodist and has
borne her husband five children; three of whom
are bo vs and two girls. The boys’ names are
Oscar, Linton and Thomas, and the daughters’
are Cora and Clara. Four of Mrs. Williams’
children are still at school.
In 1872 the subject of our sketch read law, and
was admitted to the bar in 1873. He has since
followed the law as his chosen profession, and
like in all his callings, has made a success of it.
Mr. Williams is a member of the Methodist
church, and is a man of strong domestic habits.
His delight is to gather around the fireside with
his family and engage in reading and giving in
struction to his children. He is a man of char
itable disposition, ar das his means admits, does
his part towards alleviating the poor and needy.
He is a kind neighbor, and is ever ready to go
to the sick bed and nurse the suffering. His
highest ambition is to provide at least a good
English education for the rising generation and
in tehe House he is always found in the ranksof
thos supporting measures looking to this end.
In his profession he is an office worker, and
bis forte is preparing cases for his associate to
make the argument. In politics he is a Demo
crat, and as a popular citizen with the attri
butes we have named, his people chose him, in
the face of strong opposition, to represent them
in the House. He serves on the special judiciary,
education, and journals, committees, of all of
which he makes an able working member. As
a legislator, he is painstaking and practical, and
is a safe man for a county to tie to. As long as
his constituents send him to represent them,
they can rely with confidence that their inter
ests will be watched with fidelity.
JAMES MONROE SPINKS.
Thn subject of this sketch was educated at
Dallas High School, in Paulding county, Geor
His early boyhood days were spent in a cot
ton field until he became of such an age that
his parents thought that it was time for him to
attend school. After obtaining a sufficient edu
cation, he turned his mind to merchandising;
and was very successful. But he was ambitious
and thought that he would rise to a higher
sphere in life, therefore he began the study of
law. He was an earnest student, and the re
sults of his hard studying he soon realized. He
became a prominent lawyer, was successful in
the defense of his clients, and universally liked
by all who knew him. lie became so popular
with the people at large that he was elected city
attorney of Dallas, Ga., in 1882-83.
But previous to his election as city attorney
he was a member of the board of education in
Mr. Spinks was born on the 26th of July, 1852,
in Dallas, Ga., and has lived there all of his
life except in the year of 1877, when he became
a citizen of Cedartown.
His father was Mr. G. 11. Spinks. He mar
ried Miss Elizabeth Matthew? , daughter of C.
J. Mathews, of Newton county, Ga. Mr. G. 11.
Spink was a representative of Paulding county
four years, and served his constituents well, and
now his son is following in the wake of his
The subject of this sketch has five brothers
and one sister, and he is the third child.
He is a strong Democrat, and ’here is no
member on the floor that is more attentive to
the discharge of his duties than Janies Monroe
Spinks, of Paulding county.
J. LINDSAY JOHNSON.
Floyd county may well be proud of her rep
resentative, J Lindsay Johnson. Notwith
standing that In is one of the youngest mem
bers, he is regarded as a prudent and far-seeing
legislator. Whilecaref.il of the public purse,
he does not think Georgia can ever reach the
great position her inherent wealth of soil and
genius and industry of her population demand,
without a liberal expenditure of money for re
quisite internal improvements. He believes that
parsimony in government retards prog
ress. Because of this faith and
because of his laudable desire to see Georgia
maintain her position as the empire State of
the South. Mr. Johnson’s vote is always re
corded in favor of such appropriations as tend
to increase the value of the State’s wealth and
thereby, while increasing the public moneys,
yet decrease the rate of taxation. Only a lib
eral policy has made his own loved city of Rome
what it is to-day. It is just such young ag
gressive men as Mr. Johnson that are building
up the new South. His earnest labors in behalf
of the bill|appropriating money for the better or
ganization and government of the State militia,
is only one evidence of the progressiveness of
He is a member of the Military, Public Prop
erty, and Special Judiciary Committees. The
best legislators are not always those who are
heard most frequently on the floor. Although
Mr. Johnson speaks but rarely, he is an earnest
worker in all his committees, and on the floor he
is ever watchful. When he does speak his lan
guage is ornate and of the purest Anglo-Saxon.
Few members are better scholars. He speaks
German fluently, and his library is tilled with
works in the French tongue, which hp reads
with the utmost ease. Because of his readiness
in these languages, and because also of bis inti
mate knowledge of Georgia’s material resources,
it has been rumored that he would likely be one
of the State Commissioners to the London Ex
position next year. As however, the commis
sioners will likely have to bear their own ex
penses, it will not be easy to get gentlemen
Mr. Johnson was born in Floyd county, on the
north side of the valley of the Etowah, about 8
miles from Rome. He now resides on the south
bank of the Etowah river, just opposite to the
city of Rome, where he has one of the finest
residences in the State, and where he enter
tains in the most hospitable manner.
Just near his residence he has
a small farm of 70 acres which is in the highest
state of culture. It is almost a garden, and
while he makes very little show in the matter,
he has a herd of splendid Jerseys. He is <ery
proud of his stock. His horses are of good
breed, and his own team refuses to “take the
dust” from any but those under three minutes.
During the years of 1864 and ’65, he lived in
Jones county. In 1870 and ’7l he was in Brook
lyn, New York, where he finished bis education.
Then he studied law at the Washington and Lee
University in Virginia, coming back to his na
tive State to complete his course at the
Georgia University. He at once be
gan the practice of law, which
profession he now pursues as a business ; his
little farm he cultivates for recreation, as well
as the returns which come of his excellent man
agement thereof. Mr. Johnson’s first office is
his 'present position. He is very popular at
home, being now Captain of the Rome Light
Guards. In the contest for election to his
present place, his competitors were Col. A. J.
King and Judge George W. Thomas. Mr. John-
son is an abstemious'man, seldom using spirit- i
uous liquors. He is fond of all kinds of sports, |
and is a good shot in the field. To a question :
from a gentleman in the House recently as I
to what was his religion, he was ,
overheard to reply with a smile, “To do as 1
near right as erring human nature can.” He is
very devoted to home life: and the animals even
about his p’ace are fond of him. Every horse
knows his call, and his dogs seem sad when he [
leaves the place. They tell a good story on him j
to the effect that his dairyman declared to himj
one day that he had petted the Jersey cows soj
that they would not give near as much
when he is away as when at home. This weM
illustrates the man’s kindness of ..eart, and hnw
affectionate nature. ’ -
Mr. Johnson comes of good old Georgia stock. Hi-4,
father, who died about three years ago, was |
John A. Johnson, was born in Elbert county, 1
March 28, 1818. He was a Whig, and alter the j
war he became a Democrat, His father was ■
Colonel Lindsey Johnson, of Bartow county. ;
Mrs. John A. Johnson was Miss Mary Sea- 1
brook, daughter of Smiley Seabrook of Jones
county. She was born in Charleston, S. C. Os
the present generation there are six brothers
and three sisters, of which J. Lindsay Johnson
is the second in age. When the war was over
the boys went to work to build up the broken
fortunes of the family. They labored arduously
for years, and have succeeded excel
lently’ well. Os the brothers
two are planters, one a doctor, and another a
mechanical engineer, having graduated at the
Sheffield Scientific School, of Yale College.
Mr. Johnson was married in December, 1876,
to Miss Annie E. Gillispie, the daughter of John
D. C. Gillispie, a broker and importers’ agent
in New York. He is now dead. Mrs. Johnson
is a lady of rare accomplishments, having rev
ceived a thorough education in the best French
schools. She is an ornament to Rome and s<<
ciety, where she is very popular. They havt
two children, John Gill, and Letatia.
THOU AS J E FFEHSON I. IIPKI > .
The accompanying cut is from a photograp <
of Hon. T. J. Lumpkin, Representative fi<»,
Dade county. His residence is at Trenton. II
was born in Floyd county, Ga., January 7, 183'.'
but in 1842 his father removed to Walker
county, when he was only three years of agd. i
Walker county was his home until 1859, anw !
from the third to his twentieth year was spent J
there on the farm. He lived in Texas in 18.5 - |
• GO. After leaving school lie clerked in a diX!
goods store, and was selling goods up to IHSW ;
In 1859-60 he traveled, and after returning to' I
Georgia read medicine and attended medic|f
lectures in Atlanta in 1860. He graduated r n
medicine at Augusta, Ga., in 1866, and practical
medicine until 1871, when, failing in health,
relinquished the profession. He read law
was admitted to the bar in 1873, and was eiy.
ployed by the State as agent on the A. and |
railroad, under W. T. Wolford, in 1872. 11L
occupation now is the practice of law, in wbiu,
he is successful. Previous to bis being elected
to the House he held no office, with the exce.p
tion once of notary public. From 1873 to 187th
he was counsel for the Rising Fawn Iron
pany. In his canvas for his
' n House he
ously opposed, but was '
ity. He is a Democrat, and a member of com
mittees on special judiciary, enrollment, print
ing, mines and mining’
In 1868 he married Mary Williams McKenney,
the daughter of William .McKenney, a farmer nf
Wilkes, now dead. The good lady is a mission
ary Baptist, and has borne Col. Lumpkin sever
al children, of whom Thomas Hanna and Hugh
Augustus, boys, and Carra Anna and Virginia
Esther, girls, are living. They reside with
their parents. Col. Lumpkin is not a member
bfany church, though bis predilections are
Methodist. He is fond of sport with rod and
gun, and is an agreeable companion and popu
His father, who is dead, was William Dickson
Lumpkin, a farmer of Spitsylvania county, Va.
He was a Methodist, a Democrat in politics, and
was once tax collector of Walker county. His
mother was Esther Hudgins, daughter of Bev
erly Hudgins, and was born in Hall county, Ga.,
1811. She was a Methodist. Mr. Lumpkin was
the fourth child of his parents, find has one
brother and one sister living. There were five
brothers and two sisters altogether.
In May, 1861, Thomas Jefferson Lumpkin en
listed in the army and fought through the re
bellion until the surrender at Appomatox. He
made a brave soldier, being promoted from i
private to lieutenant, captain and brevet-colonei.
He was wounded three times, and took part in
every regular battle fought in Virginia, with
the exception of the first Manassas. He was
with General Stonewall Jackson in his memo
rable campaign in the Shenandoah valley.
JOHN WRIGHT BKINSON.
The accompanying cut is a likeness of Ho».
J. W. Brinson, whose residence is near Stellar
ville, in the county of Jefferson. He is the son
of Moses Brinson, Jr., and was born in the house
he now occupies, November 29, 1832. He has
always lived at or near bis present residence,
and it was arround this old homestead that he
spent the days of bis childhood, and grew up to
man’s estate. In the days before his beard be
gan tofuz, he is said to have been a rude, rol
licksome, mischievous fellow,full of life, strange
ly enough contrasting greatly with the dignity
of his position now before the eves of all Geor
He had the advantages of the common schools
in the neighborhood, and then attended
Mercer University, where he grad
uated in 1855, being just twenty rears 1
Mr. Brinson, though exempt ar the time, en
tered the Confederate service in 1861 and fought ,
gallantly for four years, being two years in the
infantry and two years in the cavalry. He was
captain of infantry, 38th Georgia Volunteers,
Gordon’s Brigade, and was also a captain in the
cavalrv service, serving in Stonewall Jackson’s
corps m Virginia. Captain Brinson made a gal
lant, efficient officer, and his record as a soldier .
gives him eminent cause for looking back on hi?
military care/r with pride.
The present occupation of Captain Brinson is
farming, but in 1855 « he taught school. Since
1857 he has been a tiller of the soil and has had I
success enough to make him a prominent figure
in his county.
He was elected judge in 1858 holding till
iWis elected to the Legislature in 1859-60, and
Kain in 1884-5. The majority by which he was
Kected the last time, reached 1,100 out of a vote
■sonly 2,000, and this too, in the face of that po
flltical* bizarre known as “the court house ring.”
IHe is a Jeffersonian Democrat of the Alex
• Stephens school, and is a member of the com
inittees on agriculture, educatisn and immigra
i He has been married twice. In 1858 to Miss Sa
i lah E. Wicker, daughter of Thomas Wicker, a
!l»lanter of Washington county. The first wife
swas Miss Elizabeth Latimer, of Hancock
iKunty. His children number four girls, Au-
HKie Belle, Margaret Minnie, Tallulah and Celia
Hkarver Brinson ; three boys—John Butler, Fred
K'tecar and Moses E. Brinson.
B -Capt. Brinson has been remarkabiy’successful
his aspirations. He is a man of very positive
I Convictions and strong nature, making him
| many firm, devoted friends, while at the same
; time arraying some very determined political
enemies against him. ife is a faithful, devoted
‘ friend himself, is fond of company, of which he
, j has his share, is a believer in the Christian re
j ligion, and has devoted much time to the educa
, i tional, agricultural, social and moral interests
iof the community. He originated as a pet
■' scheme the Stellaville High School, and founded
i the village which has grown up around it. He
I suffered many private reverses from the war,
b-at his sorest affliction was the recent death, by
i accident, of a noble son, just 17 years of age.
, ' In the depression of his spirits he has the sym
; pathies of many friends, who trust that the
cloud thus over his future days may be hap
, pilv riven.
i Moses Brinson, Jr., the father of our Leg
> islator, was a native of Jefferson county. He
i passed away in 1859. He was a planter and be
-7 longed to the Whig party. In religion he was
i ' a missionary Baptist, and his honored son is
likewise a Baptist, keeping up the tradition of
M the fathers. The mother of Mr. Brinson was
also a Baptist, her maiden name being Celia
j Farver. She was born in Hancock county, and
■ was the daughter of Mr. Jacob Farver. Mr.
Brinson inherits his representative qualities
- from his father, who held various offices, being
ax receiver, tax collector, a member of the leg
islator, a circuit judge, and a member of the
constitutional convention. Besides the son of
whom we now write, Mr. Brinson had four dau
ghters and one son, Mr. J. W. Brinson being
the third child.
GEORGE HAHSBLTON MORGAN.
Our subject was born on the 26th of Septem
ber, 1851, in the above-named county. He is
the fourth child out of a family of six. He had
two brothers and four sisters. Two of his sis
ters are now dead. He left his native county
and went to Chatham, but only remained a short
1 time, when he returned.
He was educated in Springfield. After leav
ing school he engaged in the timber business in
the year 1852, and followed that avocation for
ven years. He then engaged in farming,
which he was quite successful.
The opposition to his present seat was very
strong: there being four opponents against
. ;i, but on account of his popu
-1 I la, ty, spirit. energy and Independence
< was elected b-y a handsome
a jority: and since he lias taken his seat he
has been appointed to serve on the following
’ I committees: Temperance, education, immigra
| tion and public property.
His father, Mr. Christopher L. Morgan, mar
- ] ried a Miss Christener Heidt, of Effingham
. j county. The whole family are strict methodists
d and conscientious Christians.
[ His father held the office of justice of the
j peace and sheriff, and filled his offices in a man
nor that made him quite popular among his fel
‘ low citizens.
The subject of this sketch is a Democrat of
, the most unswerving type, and even in his early
manhood exemplified his devotion to the Democ
He was in the army about twelve months as a
private and commissary for his company.
’ On the sth of December, 1854, he married
i Miss Isabel L. Mingledorff, daughter
of Robt. J. Mingledorff, a far
mer by profession, but is now dead
| He has four children, two boys and two girls,all
aof whom are living and reside at home. Their
fflbiames are Walton, Emerson, Charlie Branch,
n9U&&a}'t£Mind Daisy Lorina.
_ Mr. Morgan is a good Methodist and a strong
advocate of churches and of Sunday Schools,
giving liberally of his means to them all. He is
esteemed by his people for his staunchness and
public spirit as a citizen and representative, and
admired by his friends for his solid worth, gen
erosity and genial disposition.
AJEBKOSE .TONKS AVAKI'.
Ambrose Jones Avary is the oldest member
of the House, having been born on September
26,1811, in Columbia county, Georgia, where
he has lived all his seventy years, without ex
Notwithstanding his age, his hair has no gray
in it, and his full peaked beard is but slightly
gray. His youthful appearance and remarkable
vigor are due to his outdoor life, he being what is
called a practical farmer, which means
that he works with his own hands.
There must have been good teachers
when Mr. Avary was a boy, for although he
never went to any but an old field log school
house, he is a good writer of his mother tongue,
a very legible penman and a daily user of cor
rect English both on the floor and in conversa
Constancy is a leading characteristic of the
man, just as he has lived never out of
(he country he was born in, so has
he clung to the one calling of farmer.
It is true that new and then he has
left the piow as did Cincinnatus, to take up
office: but it has never been for any long period
at a time.
In 1835 Mr. Avery held his first office:
when he was pvrsuaded to accept the office of
justice of the peace. After that term he re
turned to his first love, and continued at farm
ing until 1855. That year his neighbors almost
dragged him before the people, who sent him to
Milledgeville as State Senator.
The President of the Senate’s gavel had
scarcely fallen in declaring the body adjourned
sine die, before Mr. Avary was on his way to
All this time Air. Avary was an old-line Whig.
In 1883, in spite of a vigorous contest, he was
elected to the House as a Democrat,where he has
’ cn since.
Mr. Avary has been married
wi e. His first wife Susan V. Pace, was the
daughter of D. Pace, Esq., who was a lawyer.
Sb was a member of the Methodist church/His
present wife was Miss Sarah R. Atkinson, is the
daughter of Dawson Atkinson, a farmer. Msr.
Avary is a Baptist.
Mr. Avary’s four children are considerably
scattered—Daw n living in Lincoln county,Ga.:
Ambrose in Sparta, this State: Willie in Co
lumbia, and Maria Loula at Aiken, S. C.
Archer Avary. whose father was also called
Archer, was the father of Ambrose Jones
Avary: and he was born in Virginia, where he
died in 1843. He was a farmer and a Whig.
His wife was Sarah Harris Jones,
who was also a Virginian. Archer
[Avary. father of the present member of the
Georgia House of Representatives, spent many
Lrears of his life in the legislature of the old
B*tate whose pride it is to be called “the Mother
of States.” He had a large family of children,
there being nine boys and two girls of them,
only two now survive, the subject of this
sketch and his sister,who is now 89 years old.
Mr. Avary himself is a Baptist. He has not
been avaricious of this world’s goods; and
although not rich, he would not be considered a
poor man. In his younger days he
was very fond of horses. Nothing
pleased him better than to see
a good race, unless it was for himself to catch a
’possum or a raccoon. He, however, preferred
to chase the fox to hunting the ’possum, but bis
soul was too fond of good sport to refrain from
a good opportunity to hunt any game.
In his latter days he has become fond of rais
ing poultry and gardening. He is very domes
tic in his nature, and these latter pursuits are
very suitable to that domesticity whieh has so
marked his whole life. He is very popuiar in
the House, and the members are ever ready to
show him any legislative courtesy.
DAVID B. HARRELL.
Few men are better known in the State than
David B. Harrell. His long list pf public trusts 4
all of which have been discharged with benefit
to his people and with honor to himself is truly
a roll of honor He has been county treasurer
of Stewart county, solicitor general of Pataula
circuit, judge of the superior court of the
Pataula circuit, a member of the constitutional
convention of 1877, and member of the present
House, as the representative of Web
ster county. In the constitutional con
vention he rendered signal service
by his arduous and able labors in behalf of the
present constitution of the State. He was rec
ognized as one of the ablest, clearest headed,
and at the same time practical men in that
assembly of distinguished Georgians. Besides
these services, he also endeared himself to his
people by a splendid war record as Captain of
Company A in the 17th Georgia Regiment, Ban
ning’s Brigade, which he entered as early as Au
gust 13, 1861.
Although Judge Harrell lives at Pres
ton, Georgia, and represents Web
ster county, that is not his native
heath, He was born in Washington county,
where he was educated. He went to school first
in one of those famous Georgia seats of learn
ing, an old-field school. He afterwards went to
the Lumpkin High School, whore he had the
benefit of training by that celebrated teacher,
Alpheus Baker, who was a schoolmate of Daniel
Webster. He went from the Lumpkin High
School, to Blackstone’s Commentaries, where
he applied himself with a diligence t hat could
only come of a legal mind fond of the intricacies,
the logical beauties and the wisdom
of the old English common law.
He soon rose to deserved prominence at the
bar. In all he has practiced law eight years,
Latterly be has devoted himself to farming; and
to-day if any one should ask this truly able
constitutional lawyer what his business is, he
would respond modestly, “a farmer.” It is his
profound knowledge of constitutional law, State
and Federal, that has engendered in him a sin
cere love and respect for both. The people look
to the constitution as the true palladium of their
liberty, and this fact has made Judge Harrell
very strong wish them at all times. Hence it
was that in the election for his present seat that
although opposed by J.B. Hudson, a leading
lawyer of bis county, and who was a member of
the last General Assembly,the victory was com
paratively easy. Os course Judge Harrell is a
Democrat. He has always been a true disciple
of the school of Jefferson, and with independent
exercise of his own judgment on all political
questions.) The Judge is a member of the fol
lowing committees of the House, all of which
are important: Finance, agriculture and tem
Solomon Harrell, father of the Judge, was
born in Bertie county, North Carolina. He was
a farmer. In politics, he was al
lied with the Whig party;
and he was a Baptist. His wife was a Miss Nancy
Turner, a native of Burke county, Georgia, and
a daughter of Reuben Turner, a soldier in Ma
rion’s command in the revolutionary war.
• Solomon Harrell was a member of the General
Assembly and a judge of the Inferior Court.
He had two sons.
Judge Harrell was never married. He does
not belong to any church, and is liberal in re
ligious opinions. He stands about 5 feet 11
inches. His hair is slightly tinged with gray.
He wears no beard. His weight is .about 190
pounds. His enunciation is clear, his vocabu
lary voluminous, and his gestures grace
ful. He is a forcible earnest speaker
In every official position in which he has been
placed, he has enjoyed and still enjoys the full
confidence of his constituency. He has never
scrambled for office, but has cheerfully respond
ed to the call of those entitled to his service,
whenever in his opinion, their interest or that
of the public would be forwarded by his servi
ces. lie is for a strict constr ction of the con
stitutional grants of power by the people and
their representatives, and for an economical ex
penditures of the public funds, and only for the
necessary purposes of government.
Hon. Elbert Fagan, whom we notice here,was
born in Bullock county, Georgia, November 10,
1825. He spent his youth in his native county
and has never lived out of its borders. He was
educated in the common schools of Houston
county and has at various times engaged in
teaching and farming with good results. He is
at present engaged in the pursuit us agricul
Mr. Fagan is the son of Thomas V. Fagan, a
planter of Taylor county, Ga. His father is a
Jeffersonian Democrat as is also the gentleman
who calls forth this sketch. Mr. Fagan’s
mother was-Miss Ann Stubbs, daughter of Ab
ner Stubbs. The father of Mr. Th (is. V. Fagan
was Enoch Fagan, of Washington county, N. C.
The legislator is the oldest of six brothers and
sisters. In 1862 he enlisted in the service and
fought bravely to its close. He held official
station and was also a private in the ranks al
ways ready to maintain the honor of hisc ountrv.
Mr. Fagan, on the 24th of December, 1852,
married Miss N. M. Murray, the daughter of
Daniel Murray, a planter of Macon county,
Georgia. She died leaving Mr. Fagan a family
of eight boys, Virgil, Yulee, Edward, Walter,
James, Feston, Claude and Welton; and three
girls—Mary, Alzena and Maggie Lou. They
all live in Houston county. Mr. Fagan is do
mestic in his inclinations and takes pride in his
family and cherishes all the sentiments sur
rounding one’s home.
As a legislator he is alert, iiUelligent and safe
and his constituents have done well in choosing
him to represent Houston county.
strange, Maybe! Bill Nevertheless
Since the Grand Opening of Messrs. McCon
nell & James, their store has been crowded,
th ir sales immense and their encouragement
Great. Why is this? some may ask. We an
swer briefly, their goods are fresh and fine —no
shop-worn and shoddy stock, and it is a fact
that they are selling these fresh Goods mighty
cheap. Just call and see for vourself, 65 White
PROBL’CE AND <’ol| JI
SEND US YOUR STUFF!
Retail Merchants Buy From Us If You Want
A. M. SHOMO & BRO.
W H OLE SALE I)EAI. ER S.
BUTTER, ORANGES, LEMONS, ETC.
11 SOI TH UROAI> STREET.
EXTRA FORCE EMPLOYED,
So as to insure prompt attention TO ALL.
WILSON & BEUCKNER,
PHILLIPS & CREW,
6 and 8 Marietta Street.
rpHE EXERCISES OF THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS OF
1 Atlanta will begin Monday, September 7th. The
office of the superintendent will be open in the High
school building, corner Washington and Mitchell
streets, from 8 a. m. to 6p. m. every day of the week,
beginning Monday, August 3]. Children must bring
certificates of vaccination signed by Dr. E. .1. Roach,
149 Whitehall street, or by Dr. T. S. Powell, 86 South
Pryor street, to the superintendent, and from him ob
tain school tickets before admission into schools.
All children not in school the last day of the term
ending in June, 1885, also all children desiring transfers
to other schools must apply for school tickets. Vaccin
ation certificates will not be required of children who
have previously filed certificates in superintendent’s
Children will be required to attend the grammar
school located in the school district in which they now
The Ira street school district is boimded on the east
by Pryor street, on the north by Fair street, on the west
by Central railroad. All pupils below the fourth grade,
living in these bounds, will attend thisschool. A list of
pupils who have been in Crew or Walker street schools,
but who now belong to Ira. will be given to the princi
pal of Ira street school, and such children will need no
school tickets, and will be admitted when the Ira street
school opens, which will be about the Ist of October.
The children belonging to the Ira street school will not
be admitted into any other school.
Windsor and Whitehall streets form the dividing line
as heretofore between Walker and Crew for pupils in
grades above the fifth. The lines of other school dis
tricts remain unchanged.
Applicants for the high schools, not regularly pro
moted from the grammar schools, will meet at the high
school, Friday. Sept. 4, 9 a. m., for examination and as
signment to class.
General normal class, Saturday, Sept. 5, 9 a. m.
By order of Board of Education.
W. F. SLATON, Supt.
PUBLIC SCHOOL BOOKS!
NEW! FRESH! CRISP!
Public School Bonks’ ( Imitiiuess a
Virtue! Buy f resh, New Books
at Low Figures !
MY STOCK OF SCHOOL BOOKS for all the grades
just received —new, neat and pleasant to handle.
All as low is the lowest in price. Everything used in
the public, schools on hand—Satchels, Bags, Straps, etc.
Elegant line. See sample of taste and artistic design
on the ceiling and walls of my store, No. 28 Whitehall.
It is a perfect gem.
Three reasons why I am able to give extra bargains:
1. Portion of a slightly damaged stock.
2. A large purchase from bankrupt sales.
3. Good, hard cash paid for all stock.
The best 25-cent box of decorated note-paper made for
10 cents; no nonsense, but facts.
An elegant lot of 50 cents initial note for 25 cents;
Dainty note, Itnen note, French quadrille note, note of
artistic illuminations. All cheaper than ever before
BLANK BOOKS! BLANK BOOKS!
Stacks upon stacks of every size. Cheap, cheap. See
E. H. THORNTON, T. B. S.,
28 Whitehall street.
No. 5 Peachtree Street.
Notice to Builders and Contractors.
We will have in running order and ready for
business by next Monday one of the latest im
proved heavy planers suitable to drees 12x27
timbers the same as inch plank. Capacity,
fifty thousand per day.
LaFontaine & May,
139 West Mitehell.
GEORGIA ELECTRICAL WORKS,
120 Marietta Street,
Do all kinds electro —gold, silver and
nickel—job plating. Watch cases, pis
tols, tableware, dental and surgical in
struments, carriage mountings, chan
deliers, etc., etc., plated or bronzed and
made to look as good as new. Dealers
in telegraph and electrical supplies—
burglar alarm and call bell outfits.
2,000 Tons Glen Mary Lunip Coal.
At summer rates, ready to be delivered in
any quantity from our coal elevator, nice and
dry; no delay waiting for cars to arrive. Give
your orders to us and have your coal put away
before the bad weather. J. C. Wilson & Co.,
sole agents, 7 Spring street. Telephone 312.
Betsey Hamilton Tobacco sold every
A Handsome Residence.
The magnificent addition to G. B. Adair’s
Washington street residence, when finished, will
doubtless surpass in elegance of finish any
house in the city. Mr. Adair, speaking of the
gentleman who has charge of the interior finish,
says : “ My house was plastered nine years ago.
I think 1 am safe in saying it is as perfect as
the day when I first moved in it. The ornamen
tal work is as perfect as any I ever saw of the
kind. I consider Mr. Thrower one of the most
competent and reliable men in the building busi
ness in Atlanta, and if at any time a recommen
dation is needed by him, I should be most wil
ling to indorse it. G. B. Adair.
Julius Menko, the manager <>f the Menko Clothing
House, at 3 Whitehall, is going at the business with the
right kind of vim. He is sure to succeed—he has
pluck, nerve and vim and is one of the most popular
young business men in the city.
AN EXTENSIVE ENTERPRISE
Penetrates Ten Southern States.
Pushed Rapidly to the Froni by
Energetic Young Men.
While a Capitol reporter was in the office of A. A.
DeLoach & Bro. this morning he was shown a new cir
cular, having the list of sales made in ten Southern
THEIB WATER WHEEL
during the short period of two years manufacture. This
circular is sufficient proof of the popularity of this
wheel, caused by its being the simplest and cheapest in
tbemarket. Mr. DeLoach informed the scribe that
their Portable Mill was fast coming into repute, and
that they h’ad no hesitancy in guaranteeing it to make
the best quality of table meal. Read their “ad” in this
Chicken Thief Killed.
The thief whom Mr. Huff shot while robbing bis chick
en roost Thursday night, was found in the woods l>e
yond West End this morning. He is a negro and was
telrribly wounded. He will die probably to-night.
Chew Betsey Hamilton Tobacco.