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Biographies of famous, not so famous and infamous people from the North Georgia area or who had an effect on North Georgia

Arthur Woody
Arthur Woody
Forester and Forest Ranger who was born in Suches, and had a far reaching impact on the Chattahoochee National Forest
Benjamin Hawkins
Benjamin Hawkins
US Senator, Creek Indian Agent
Braxton Bragg
Braxton Bragg
Confederate General who commanded the Army of Mississippi and the Army of Tennessee before resigning after Chattanooga. As Jefferson Davis's chief-of-staff he relieved Joe Johnston and appointed John Bell Hood his replacement
Button Gwinnett
Button Gwinnett
Signed Declaration of Independence, first governor of the state
Charles Arthur 'Pretty Boy' Floyd
Charles Arthur 'Pretty Boy' Floyd
Born in Bartow County, Georgia, this lifelong criminal spent his teens in Oklahoma's Cookson Hills before robbing a store in St. Louis...
Charles Henry Smith ('Bill Arp')
Charles Henry Smith ('Bill Arp')
Humorist from Lawrenceville, Georgia who frequently penned articles for Atlanta papers in dialect from Rome, Georgia
Elias Boudinot
Elias Boudinot
First editor of the Cherokee Phoenix, Leader of the Treaty Party and brother of Stand Watie
Ernest Vandiver
Ernest Vandiver
Georgia governor who oversaw the integration of the University of Georgia, Athens
Francis Stebbins Bartow
Francis Stebbins Bartow
Colonel, CSA, died at Bull Run and was posthumously promoted to general
George Gilmer
George Gilmer
Born in Lexington, GA Gilmer built the first Peachtree Road in Atlanta, ordered a sheriff to murder Corn Tassel and signed a licensing law for whites working in the Cherokee Nation
George Thomas
George Thomas
Commander, Army of the Cumberland, during the Atlanta Campaign
George Walton
George Walton
Signed the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Senator, governor
Howell Cobb
Howell Cobb
Governor of Georgia, Speaker of the U. S. House, Secretary of the Treasury, Candidate for U. S. President
James Birdseye McPherson
James Birdseye McPherson
Commander, Army of the Tennessee
James Longstreet
James Longstreet
Biography of Confederate General James Longstreet, who grew up near Gainesville, fought in Virginia and Chickamauga, and spent his later years running the Piedmont Hotel
James Vann
James Vann
Powerful mixed-blood Cherokee Chief who built the Vann House and introduced Christianity into the Cherokee Nation before his murder in 1809 during the Revolt of the Young Chiefs
Jefferson Davis
Jefferson Davis
President of The Confederate States of America
John Bell Hood
John Bell Hood
Aggressive general who fought under Longstreet at Gettysburg and Chickamauga, promoted to command the Army of Tennessee during the Battle of Atlanta
John Brown Gordon
John Brown Gordon
Biography of the Confederate General and Georgia statesman who was one of the Bourbon Triumvirate
John Hope
John Hope
Meteorologist for the Weather Channel and National Hurricane Center in Florida. Named Hurricane Camille for his daughter.
John Ross
John Ross
First elected leader of the Cherokee Nation, John Ross led the Cherokee on The Trail of Tears.
Joseph E. Brown
Joseph E. Brown
Political leader in Georgia, Governor Joseph E. Brown would become a member of the Bourbon Triumvirate.
Joseph E. Johnston
Joseph E. Johnston
First commander of the Army of Northern Virginia, he led the Army of Tennessee during the Atlanta Campaign
Joseph Hooker
Joseph Hooker
Commander, Army of the Potomac, fought at Lookout Mountain and the Atlanta Campaign
Leonidas Polk
Leonidas Polk
Beloved by his men, and most southerners, General Leonidas Polk died on a Pine Mountain, prior to the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain
Lyman Hall
Lyman Hall
Leader of early revolutionaries in Georgia, Signed the Declaration of Independence, served as governor and as a physician.
Major Ridge
Major Ridge
Leader of the Cherokee Nation in Georgia, Major Ridge is most famous for his betrayal that led to the Trail of Tears.
Martha Berry
Martha Berry
Educator, Social Worker
Mary Edwards Walker
Mary Edwards Walker
Medal of Honor Awardee, Surgeon, Spy
Mary Musgrove, Queen of the Creeks
Mary Musgrove, Queen of the Creeks
Empress & Queen of the Upper & Lower Creeks
Nathan Bedford Forrest
Nathan Bedford Forrest
Biography of the Confederate Cavalryman who entered the Civil War a private and left a general. Known for defeating forces superior in number, both Sherman and Grant called him "That Devil."
Patrick Cleburne
Patrick Cleburne
Confederate General who fought in the Western Theater and is widely believed to be one of the best generals in the Civil War
Paul Coverdell
Paul Coverdell
Georgia state senator, Director of the Peace Corps, US Senator
Richard Brevard Russell, Jr.
Richard Brevard Russell, Jr.
Georgia governor and U.S. Senator, member of the Ways and Means Committee and Warren Commission
Samuel Austin Worcester
Samuel Austin Worcester
Moravian Pastor known to the Cherokee as the Messenger
Sequoyah
Sequoyah
Crippled from birth, Sequoyah, a Cherokee warrior, fought in the Creek War and invented the Cherokee alphabet.
Stephen Harriman Long
Stephen Harriman Long
New Hampshire native and Dartmouth College graduate who laid out the route of the Western and Atlantic Railroad from the Chattahoochee River to the Tennessee River
The General
The General
Famous Locomotive that was chased by the Texas from Kennesaw to Ringgold
Ty Cobb
Ty Cobb
Hall of Fame Baseball player
William Bartram
William Bartram
Born in Philadelphia, this Quaker explorer saw more of the state than any man living in his time
William S. Rosecrans
William S. Rosecrans
Union General in command of the Army of the Cumberland from October, 1862 until October, 1863, when he was relieved following the battle of Chickamauga
William Tecumseh Sherman
William Tecumseh Sherman
William Tecumseh Sherman was long hated by the people of northwest Georgia for his actions during the Atlanta Campaign. This biography by Wayne Bengston retells his trials and tribulations.
Winfield Scott
Winfield Scott
Federal officer in charge of Cherokee Removal, Scott would later devise the Anaconda Plan to defeat the South during the War Between the States
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Woodrow Wilson's Daughters
Woodrow Wilson's Daughters
Ellen Axson Wilson first two daughters were born in Gainesville, Georgia while Woodrow Wilson completed his Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins and taught at Bryn Mawr

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