Historic Markers Across Georgia

Governor Hugh M. Dorsey

Marker ID: GHS 56-3
Location: 240 South Glynn Street, Fayetteville
County: Fayette
Coordinates: N 33° 26.737    W 084° 27.296
  33.44561666    -84.45493333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM7J6D
Governor Hugh M. Dorsey Marker
Photo by Georgia Historical Society


Hugh Manson Dorsey was born in Fayetteville , and was admitted to the Georgia bar at the Fayette County Courthouse in 1894. After practicing law at his father´s firm, Dorsey became solicitor general of the Atlanta Judicial Circuit in 1910. In this capacity, he prosecuted the 1913 murder case against Leo Frank. During his two-term governorship (1917-1921), Dorsey oversaw the wider implementation of the county unit system of election favoring rural areas; appointed Richard R. Wright, Sr. to direct Georgia´s African-American war effort during WWI; and published a pamphlet opposing the unjust treatment of African Americans in Georgia. Hugh Dorsey is buried in Atlanta´s Westview Cemetery.

2006 Erected by Georgia Historical Society, the Fayette County Historical Society, the Fayette Heritage Project, Fayetteville Main Street and the Fayetteville Development Department. 56-3