Leaders From Georgia

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Georgia has produced a number of Leaders who have made it big. These include Jimmy Carter, Martin Luther King Jr., Brian Kemp, Joe Scarborough, Alexander Hamilton Stephens and others.
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 1 
Martin Luther King Jr.
(African-American Civil Rights Movement Leader Who Used Civil Disobedience to Combat Racism)
Martin Luther King Jr.
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Birthdate: January 15, 1929
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: April 4, 1968

A leader in the civil rights movement in the mid-twentieth century, Martin Luther King Jr. is best remembered for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience. A man of Christian faith who was inspired by Indian freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi’s nonviolent activism, he was honored with the Nobel Peace Prize for fighting racial inequality.  

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Jimmy Carter
(39th President of the United States (1977 -1981))
Jimmy Carter
114
Birthdate: October 1, 1924
Sun Sign: Libra

Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of USA, is one of the rare Presidents whose legacy continues even after leaving office. He is known as a champion of human rights and a mediator of peace efforts across the world. His humanitarian works earned him the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.

 3 
Brian Kemp
(Governor of Georgia)
Brian Kemp
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Birthdate: November 2, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
 4 
George Stephen Morrison
(US Navy Rear Admiral Who Commanded the American Forces in the Gulf of Tonkin Incident)
George Stephen Morrison
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Birthdate: January 7, 1919
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: November 17, 2008

US Navy rear admiral and aviator George Stephen Morrison commanded the US forces during the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin Incident, which eventually began the Vietnam War. He had also been part of the Battle of Pearl Harbor in WWII. He is also remembered as the father of The Doors lead vocalist Jim Morrison.

 5 
Joe Scarborough
(Member of the U.S. House of Representatives From Florida's 1st District (1995 - 2001))
Joe Scarborough
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Birthdate: April 9, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Joe Scarborough has represented Florida’s 1st district from 1995 to 2001. He co-hosts Morning Joe on MSNBC, with his wife. He has written several books, hosted a radio show, and also released an EP. Earlier, as an attorney, he had represented Michael F. Griffin, accused of murdering physician David Gunn.
 6 
Sonny Perdue
(81st Governor of Georgia (2003 - 2011), 31st United States Secretary of Agriculture (2017 - 2021))
Sonny Perdue
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Birthdate: December 20, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Sonny Perdue is an American businessman, veterinarian, and politician. From 2017 to 2021, he served as the United States Secretary of Agriculture. He also served as the 81st Governor of Georgia and became the first Republican to serve in that position since the Reconstruction era. Sonny Perdue is also credited with founding an agricultural trading company called AGrowStar.

 7 
Nathan Deal
(82nd Governor of Georgia)
Nathan Deal
3
Birthdate: August 25, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
 8 
David Perdue
(Politician)
David Perdue
11
Birthdate: December 10, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
 9 
Ellen Wilson
(Former First Lady of the United States)
Ellen Wilson
3
Birthdate: May 15, 1860
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: August 6, 1914
 10 
Cynthia McKinney
(Former United States Representative)
Cynthia McKinney
3
Birthdate: March 17, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
 11 
Dean Rusk
(Politician)
Dean Rusk
3
Birthdate: February 9, 1909
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: December 20, 1994
 12 
Rebecca Latimer Felton
(First Woman Who was Appointed to the United States Senate)
Rebecca Latimer Felton
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Birthdate: June 10, 1835
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: January 24, 1930

Writer, lecturer, suffragist, reformer, feminist, politician and slave-owner Rebecca Latimer Felton was the first woman who served in the United States Senate. The most distinguished woman in Georgia during the Progressive Era, Felton was appointed Senator from Georgia as a mark of respect. With this she became the oldest freshman-senator who entered the Senate and served for just 24 hours.    

 13 
Alexander Hamilton Stephens
(Governor of Georgia (1882-83))
Alexander Hamilton Stephens
3
Birthdate: February 11, 1812
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: March 4, 1883
 14 
Joseph Wheeler
(Military Commander)
Joseph Wheeler
3
Birthdate: September 10, 1836
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: January 25, 1906
 15 
Mirabeau B. Lamar
(Politician)
Mirabeau B. Lamar
3
Birthdate: August 16, 1798
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: December 19, 1859
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Charlotte Laws
3
Birthdate: May 11, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
William Alton Billy Carter III
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Birthdate: March 29, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: September 25, 1988
 18 
Zell Miller
(Politician)
Zell Miller
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Birthdate: February 24, 1932
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: March 23, 2018
 19 
P. B. S. Pinchback
(Politician)
P. B. S. Pinchback
3
Birthdate: May 10, 1837
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: December 21, 1921
 20 
Jon Ossoff
(Politician)
Jon Ossoff
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Birthdate: February 16, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
 21 
Henry Ossian Flipper
(Military Leader)
Henry Ossian Flipper
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Birthdate: March 21, 1856
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: April 26, 1940

Then first Black to have graduated from West Point’s Military Academy, Henry Ossian Flipper was born to slave parents. He also became the first African-American to command US Army troops. He was dismissed unjustly on embezzlement charges and later worked as a civil engineer. His name was cleared posthumously.

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John Brown Gordon
3
Birthdate: February 6, 1832
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: January 9, 1904
 23 
William Gibbs McAdoo
3
Birthdate: October 31, 1863
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: February 1, 1941
 24 
A. D. King
(Minister)
A. D. King
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Birthdate: July 30, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: July 21, 1969
 25 
Archibald Butt
(Military Leader)
Archibald Butt
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Birthdate: September 26, 1865
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: April 15, 1912
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Ralph Metcalfe
2
Birthdate: May 29, 1910
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: October 10, 1978
 27 
Lucius D. Clay
(Military general)
Lucius D. Clay
3
Birthdate: April 23, 1898
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: April 16, 1978
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Herman Eugene Talmadge
3
Birthdate: August 9, 1913
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: March 21, 2002
 29 
William J. Hardee
(Army Officer)
William J. Hardee
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Birthdate: October 12, 1815
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: November 6, 1873
 30 
Robert A. Toombs
(Politician)
Robert A. Toombs
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Birthdate: July 2, 1810
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: December 15, 1885
 31 
Montgomery C. Meigs
(United States Army Officer and Civil Engineer)
Montgomery C. Meigs
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Birthdate: May 3, 1816
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: January 2, 1892

Montgomery C. Meigs was an American civil engineer and US Army officer who played an important role during and after the Civil War, serving as Quartermaster General of the US Army. His work as Quartermaster General is widely regarded as an important factor in the Union victory in the Civil War. Meigs is also credited with masterminding Arlington National Cemetery.    

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Howell Cobb
(Politician)
Howell Cobb
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Birthdate: September 7, 1815
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: October 9, 1868
 33 
Billy Payne
(Politician, American football player)
Billy Payne
0
Birthdate: October 13, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
 34 
William Lowndes Yancey
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Birthdate: August 10, 1814
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: July 27, 1863
 35 
Marvin Griffin
(Politician)
Marvin Griffin
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Birthdate: September 4, 1907
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: June 13, 1982
 36 
Robert Lee Scott Jr.
(Brigadier general)
Robert Lee Scott Jr.
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Birthdate: April 12, 1908
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: February 27, 2006
 37 
Trudy Stevenson
(American-Born Zimbabwean Politician)
Trudy Stevenson
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Birthdate: September 16, 1944
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: August 24, 2018

American-born Zimbabwean politician Trudy Stevenson hadn’t just been the Ambassador to Senegal and The Gambia but had also represented Harare North as a Member of Parliament. She also scripted history as Zimbabwe’s only white female MP in her time and spearheaded the Movement for Democratic Change.

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James M. Wayne
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Birthdate: 1790 AD
Died: July 5, 1867
Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar II
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Birthdate: September 17, 1825
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: January 23, 1893