Historic Markers Across Georgia

Gov. John M. Slaton

Marker ID: GHS 60-14
Location: Slaton Dr near the Atlanta History Center, Atlanta, GA
County: Fulton
Coordinates: N 33° 50.477    W 084° 23.096
  33.84128333    -84.38493333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None
Gov. John M. Slaton Marker
Photo by Todd Massar


Gov. John M. Slaton

John Marshall Slaton was born in Meriwether County and graduated from the University of Georgia before practicing law in Atlanta. Slaton served in both houses of the Georgia legislature and two terms as governor (1911- 12 and 1913- 15). While in office, he modernized Georgia's tax system and roads. Concerned by the sensationalized atmosphere and circumstantial evidence that led to the notorious 1913 conviction of Jewish businessman Leo Frank in the murder of teenager Mary Phagen, Slaton granted Frank clemency in June 1915. Slaton's commutation of Frank's death sentence drew national attention but hostile local backlash resulted in Frank's lynching in August 1915 and the end of Slaton's political career. Slaton lived on property adjacent to today's Atlanta History Center and Slaton Drive (named in his honor). He is buried in Oakland Cemetery

2015.4 Erected by the Georgia Historical Society, the Jewish American 60-14
Society for Historic preservation, and the Atlanta History Center