Herman Eugene Talmadge statue
Public Art : Herman Eugene Talmadge statue
Sculptor : © James Killian Spratt
Date : Dedicated on November 15th, 1990.
Description : Life size bronze of Herman Eugene
Talmadge (dressed in suit and tie), standing with his right hand extended out, as if offering to shake your
Location : Plaza Park, Northwest corner of Mitchell
Street and Washington Street, Atlanta, Georgia.
|HERMAN EUGENE TALMADGE
GOVERNOR OF GEORGIA 1948-1955
U.S. SENATOR FROM GEORGIA 1957-1981
THERE ARE NO SUBSTITUTES FOR
WORK, THRIFT AND SAVINGS
History of the Herman Eugene Talmadge Statue : The
General Assembly commissioned the statue on March 3, 1988.
Who was Herman Eugene Talmadge ? : Herman
(August 9, 1913 – March 21, 2002) was an American politician who served as Governor of Georgia briefly in 1947 and
again from 1948 to 1955, and as a U.S. Senator from 1957 until 1981.Talmadge's entrance into Govenrorship was
steeped in controversy. His father Eugene (who was then Governor of Georgia) was quite ill and not expected to live
long into Governorship. After a little bit of research it was discovered that if he died before being sworn in the
role of Governor could go to second or third place finishers. As Eugene was running unopposed, they quickly
got write-in votes for Herman. Unfortunately new Lieutenant Governor, Melvin E. Thompson, was about to throw
a spanner into the works, when he declared he wanted to be Governor. Even though the Georgia legislature elected
Herman to become Governor, Thompson appealed to the State supreme court. Now if you thought the situation couldn't
get more complicated, you would be wrong. The ousted Governor, Ellis
Gibbs Arnold, refused to turn over power until the mess was sorted out. Herman was
going to have none of that, so on January 15, 1947, both men served in the state Capitol as Governor. It got
nasty and by the next day, Talmadge had taken control of the Governor's office by having the locks
changed. The Georgia Supreme Court ruled that the legislature had violated the State Constitution by electing
Herman governor and that Thompson was the legitimate Governor of Georgia. A special election was called in 1948 and
Herman finally won a legitimate victory as Governor.Talmadge encouraged industry to move into Georgia and he was a
staunch supporter of segregation. One of Senator Talmadge’s finest moments came when he was selected as a member of
the Watergate Committee.
Rumor Has it : FBI had a file on Eugene Talmadge
(Herman's father) in connection with racial incidents, including a lynching, in the town of Monroe.