Historic Markers Across Georgia

Gov. William Jonathan Northen

Marker ID: GHM 070-7
Location: Ga 15 about 7 miles NW of Sparta near mile marker 17
County: Hancock
Coordinates: N 33° 22.532    W 082° 54.801
  33.37553333    -82.91335
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM6C1K
Gov. William Jonathan Northen Marker
Photo by Ken Moser


William Jonathan Northen, Governor of Georgia from 1890 to 1894, lived in this house. Born in Jones County, July 9, 1835 of Scotch ancestry, Governor Northen graduated from Mercer University. He taught for many years at Mt. Zion School in Hancock Co. When he became a candidate for Governor, it was said, "Every man in Georgia had gone to school to him or with him." They all rallied round and elected him overwhelmingly. One of the most prosperous and advanced farmers in the State, he was influential in farm organizations and a member of the house and senate. He died March 25, 1913.


Gov. William Jonathan Northen
Photo by David Seibert