Historic Markers Across Georgia

Homesite of Joseph Emerson Brown

Marker ID: GHM 144-6
Location: Ga 60 at the Woody Gap School, Suches, GA
County: Union
Coordinates: N 34° 41.529    W 084° 1.395
  34.692148    -84.023244
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM75JR
Homesite of Joseph Emerson Brown Marker
Photo by Ken Moser


Joseph Emerson Brown (1821- 1894), born in Pickens District, South Carolina, moved to Union County, Georgia as a boy. The old Brown home was on the present site of the Woody Gap School, opened in 1941 for mountain students. Brown worked on his fathers farms until he was nineteen, when he went to school in South Carolina. Returning to Georgia he settled in Canton as head of the local academy. Admitted to the bar in 1845, Brown entered Yale Law School, practicing in Canton after graduating.

In 1849, Brown became a State Senator. He was elected Governor 1857, as the Democratic compromise candidate and reelected 1859, 1861, 1863. During the Civil War, Brown`s extreme states` rights views conflicted with President Davis` efforts to centralize the Confederate government. After the war, Brown, unpopular for affiliating with the Republican Party and advocating submission to Reconstruction was defeated in the U.S. Senate race of 1868. Appointed Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court, 1868, he remained on the bench until in 1879 he became President of the Western & Atlantic Co. After Georgia regained home rule, Brown returned to the Democratic party and was appointed to the U.S. Senate in 1880. Reelected he served until 1891.

GHM 144-6 Georgia Historical Commission 1964