Eliza Leiper Woolford Jones collection of Slaton family photographs
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Eliza Leiper Woolford Jones collection of Slaton family photographs

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Jones, Eliza Leiper Woolford, 1916-1992.
Title: Eliza Leiper Woolford Jones collection of Slaton family photographs
Dates: circa 1904-1959
Extent: 0.1 cubic feet (1 oversize folder)
Identification: MS 1639

Biographical/Historical Note

John Marshall Slaton (1866-1955) was born to William Franklin and Nancy Jane (Martin) Slaton on 25 December in Meriwether County, Georgia. He graduated at the age of thirteen from the Boys' High School in Atlanta. At sixteen, Slaton entered the University of Georgia. In 1886, he received his Master of Arts degree with highest honors. After graduating, Slaton read law under John Thomas Glenn in Atlanta. Slaton was admitted to the state bar in 1887 and, in 1890, became a partner in Glenn's firm. The firm became known as Slaton and Phillips after Glenn's death. John Slaton became involved in politics as a young man. He was elected President of the Young Men's Democratic League in 1891. In 1896, Slaton was elected to his first term as a state representative from Fulton County. He served in that capacity until 1908; during the last three years he was Speaker of the House. In 1908 he was elected to the state senate and was named President of the Senate in 1909. In 1912 Slaton was elected (by all but ten counties) to become Governor of Georgia. While in office, the murder of Mary Fagan and the subsequent trial of Leo Frank occurred. Governor Slaton commuted Frank's death penalty to life imprisonment, a move that cost him any future in Georgia politics. He lost his bid for re-election.

After his term as governor expired, Slaton returned to his law career. In 1928, he was elected President of the Georgia Bar Association. John M. Slaton died on 11 January 1955. He is buried in Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta. John Slaton married Sarah Francis Grant on 12 July 1898. Sarah Grant (1870-1945) was born to William Daniel and Sallie Fannie (Reid) Grant near West Point, Troup County, Georgia. John and Sarah Slaton had no children.

John Slaton had many siblings, one of whom was Anna May Slaton (1861-1927). She married Albigence Lamar Waldo (1855-1955) and became the parents of Katherine Waldo (1887-1938). Katherine married Robert Harrison Jones, Jr. (1884-1963); their son, Albigence Waldo Jones (1912-1983), married Eliza Leiper Woolford (1916-1992).


Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of eleven photographs of members of the Slaton family: John Marshall Slaton, Sarah F. Slaton, and her mother, Sallie F. Grant.


Index Terms

Governors--Georgia.
Grant family.
Grant, Sallie Fannie Reid, b. 1839.
Jones, Eliza Leiper Woolford, 1916-1992.
Photographs.
Slaton, John M.
Slaton, Sarah Frances Grant, 1870-1945.
Slayton family.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from collector.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Eliza Leiper Woolford Jones collection of Slaton family photographs, MS 1639, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Eliza Leiper Woolford Jones, 1985.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Sponsorship

Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

 

Oversize-Folder

1Photographs

John M. Slaton, 1904 June
Photograph by Thurston Hatcher, Atlanta.

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2John M. Slaton, as Governor, circa 1912-1915
Photograph by Wesley Hirshburg, Atlanta.

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3John M. Slaton, as Governor, circa 1912-1915
Photograph by Wesley Hirshburg & Lewis D. Phillips, Atlanta.

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4John M. Slaton
Photograph by American Photo Company, New York City.

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5John M. Slaton
Photograph by American Photo Company, New York City.

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6John M. Slaton, circa 1952 July 10
Photograph by Thurston Hatcher, Atlanta.

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7Program from Presentation of Bust of Governor Slaton to State Capitol, 1959 February 17

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8Sarah F. Slaton, Brushed photo.

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9Sarah F. Slaton, 1929 June
Photograph of portrait by deLaszlo, London.

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10Sallie F. Grant, 1912
Photograph by McCrary & Co.

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11Sallie F. Grant, 1912
Photograph by McCrary & Co.