Historic Markers Across Georgia

George Washington Towns

Marker ID: GHM 130-9
Location: Courthouse in Talbotton
County: Talbot
Coordinates: N 32° 40.67    W 084° 32.746
  32.67783801    -84.54577122
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM6V9W
George Washington Towns Marker
Photo by Ken Moser


George Washington Towns was born in Wilkes County Georgia May 4, 1801, and died in Macon Georgia, July 15, 1854. A lawyer and resident of Talbotton, Georgia, Towns served as state legislator, U.S. Congressman, and Governor of Georgia (1847- 51). During his administration he led the fight for the amelioration of the slave code, obtained the adoption of ad valorem system of taxation, completed the Western and Atlantic Railroad, and became an early advocate of free public schools. Towns wrote Georgia`s inscription on the Washington Monument: `The Constitution As It IS, the Union As It Was.`

GHM 130-9 Georgia Historical Commission 1961