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John Marshall Slaton collection, 1860-1955 (bulk 1880-1914).

Identifier: 0000-0070M

Scope and Contents

Records of Slaton as a lawyer, Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives, and governor. Also included are Slaton and Grant family material and news clippings collected nationally on the Leo Frank case and Slaton's response to it some in scrapbooks. About half the collection are the personal and official records of Samuel Carter Atkinson, Associate Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court (1906-1931).


  • 1860 - 1955


Biographical / Historical

Slaton was born in Meriwether Co., GA, graduated from the University of Georgia, and practiced law in Atlanta for 68 years. He served in the Georgia House of Representatives, in the Georgia Senate, and as both acting governor and governor of the state (1911-1912 and 1913-1915). Slaton worked for fiscal conservatism in government and the regulation of public utilities. However, he is probably best known for commuting the sentence of Leo M. Frank from execution to life imprisonment in 1915 after Frank, a Jewish factory manager in Atlanta, was convicted of murdering a white adolescent employee named Mary Phagan. Frank was subsequently lynched. Although that was the end of his political career, in 1928 John M. Slaton was elected president of the Georgia Bar Association.


95 Cubic Feet

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Roughly arranged by creator or form of record, thereunder chronologically.

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John Marshall Slaton Collection Addition (AC 0079-0182M)

John Marshall Slaton collection, 1860-1955 (bulk 1880-1914)
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Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.

Repository Details

Part of the Georgia Archives Manuscript Collections Repository

5800 Jonesboro Rd
Morrow GA 30260 United States