Historic Markers Across Georgia

Governor John Houston

Marker ID: GHS 76-1
Location: Old Courthouse, 800 Carroll St., Perry
County: Houston
Coordinates: N 32° 27.475    W 083° 44.057
  32.457923    -83.734288
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMA97E
Governor John Houston Marker
Photo by Ken Moser


Born near Waynesboro in 1744, Houston was the son of Sir Patrick Houston and Priscilla Dunbar. He was elected in 1775 to represent Georgia at the Continental Congress and served on Georgia´s Council of Safety, which in January 1776 issued the arrest warrant for Royal Governor James Wright. Georgians elected Houston governor in January 1778. Following the Revolution, Houston was elected governor a second time in 1784 and in that year was appointed one of seven "Trustees for a College," making him one of the founders of the University of Georgia . Houston served as Savannah´s first mayor in 1790, and in 1791 helped to host George Washington´s Savannah visit. He died in 1796. Named in his honor, Houston County was created in 1821

76-1 Georgia Historic Society 2003.10