16 June 2010

The First Woman to Declare for Governor in the State of Georgia

A random obituary leads to some Georgia history.

After transcribing the successful search result for an obituary for a second cousin, twice removed, I casually read the beginning of the next entry on the newspaper page. (I have an obituary collection, so this is not an uncommon thing for me to do.) Here's what I found:

Augusta Chronicle, Georgia
25 December 1963
(Viewed online at GenealogyBank.)
Deaths and Funerals: Miss Lavonia Seals
Miss Lavonia Seals, an unsuccessful candidate for governor of Georgia, died Tuesday in a local hospital after an extended illness.

A graduate of Bessie Tift College and a retired school teacher, Miss Seals was an unsuccessful candidate for the governor's chair during World War I.

The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hal and Mary Thompson Seals, she was born in Gibson, Ga., and was a member of the Morningside Baptist Church of Savannah...

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at Platt's Chapel with the Rev. Jack Corry officiating. Burial will be in the Wrens, Ga. Cemetery.
According to a transcription of the Wrens City Cemetery in Jefferson County, GA by Vicie Robinson in 1979, Lavonia Seals was born 5 May 1876.

A further search of the newspapers at GenealogyBank produced this great addition to the history of Miss Seals and the state of Georgia:

(Click to enlarge.)

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