Historic Markers Across Georgia

Benjamin Hawkins

Marker ID: GHM 074-4
Location: US 27 at Chattahoochee River at Ga 34 and Ga 100, Franklin, GA
County: Heard
Coordinates: N 33° 17.022    W 085° 06.421
  33.28411025    -85.10736041
Style: Free Standing **
Status: The marking is missing.
Waymark: WMPTYF
Benjamin Hawkins Marker
Photo by David Seibert


Benjamin Hawkins

"The Beloved Man of the Four Nations" to the Creeks, Benjamin Hawkins (1754 - 1816) was appointed Indian agent by President Washington. Soldier, Congressman, Senator, he determined with firm ness and kindness to guide the Indians toward civilization. His agency was on the Flint River near Roberta.

The first known written record of a journey through this area was made by Hawkins. His system of accurate measurement by elapsed time between points, established at 3 miles an hour on horseback, and his description of streams and terrain make his way easily followed today. A short distance south of here is "a very extensive view west ward," described in his journal

074-4 Georgia Historical Commission 1959

Benjamin Hawkins
Photo by David Seibert