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At the start of the 20th century Georgia Representative Gordon Lee influenced the decisions of four presidents. His mansion in Chickamauga is now a bed and breakfast. Other north Georgians who rose to political power include Howell Cobb, John B. Gordon, and Joseph E. Brown.

North Georgia also gave us our two previous governors, Joe Frank Harris (Cartersville) and Zell Miller (Young Harris). Richard Brevard Russell, Jr., the powerful U. S. Senator from Winder, Georgia and Dean Rusk (southeastern Cherokee County), John F. Kennedy's Secretary of State were important figures on the American political scene in the latter half of the 20th century. In fact, Russell was considered a viable candidate for President of the United States in 1952.

The late Paul Coverdell, senior senator from the Peach State, was born in north Fulton County, and before he entered national politics, ably served the people of this community in the Georgia Senate.

Former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes has a solid north Georgia connection. Although he was born in Atlanta he attended Cobb County High School and worked in his parents store in Mabelton. After attending the University of Georgia, Athens, Law School he became a prosecutor for the Cobb County District Attorney's office. Two years later he became state senator for the area, working closely with Zell Miller to keep Governor Miller's legislative agenda on the right track. He was elected governor of the state in 1998, beating opponent Guy Millner by 52%-44%. In 2002, over the "flag flap", Barnes was defeated by Sonny Perdue, 51%-45%


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