Governor and Mrs. John M. Slaton visual arts collection
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Governor and Mrs. John M. Slaton visual arts collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040.
Creator: C.W. Motes (Atlanta, Ga.)
Creator: Calhoun, F. Phinizy, 1879-1965
Creator: Curtis Studio (Seattle, Wash.).
Creator: Holsinger's Studio (Charlottesville, Va.).
Creator: Lafayette Ltd..
Creator: Slaton, John M.
Creator: Slaton, Sarah Frances Grant, 1870-1945
Title: Governor and Mrs. John M. Slaton visual arts collection
Dates: 1887, 1921-1930, undated
Quantity: 17.0 Image(s) (One albumen print, three cabinet cards, one platinotype, ten photographs, and two notecards)
Identification: ahc.VIS209

Biographical/Historical Note

John M. Slaton (1866-1955) was born to Nancy Jane Martin and William Franklin Slaton near Greenville, Georgia. He attended Sam Bailey Institute in Griffin, Georgia. He came to Atlanta, Georgia, in 1874 and graduated from Boys High School in 1880 at the age of thirteen. In 1886, he earned his master of arts degree from the University of Georgia. Slaton married Sarah Frances Grant in 1898. Sarah Frances 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. Slaton read law under John Thomas Glenn in Atlanta and was admitted to the state bar in 1887. In 1894, he began working at the firm Glenn, Slaton, and Phillips. John Slaton was elected president of the Young Men's Democratic League in 1891. He served in the Georgia House of Representatives (1896-1909), representing Fulton County, and was Speaker of the House (1905-1909). He represented the thirty-fifth district in the Georgia State Senate (1909-1913), serving as President of the Senate in 1909. He was appointed acting governor when Hoke Smith was elected to the U. S. Senate in 1911. John M. Slaton was elected Georgia's sixtieth governor (1913-1915), winning all but ten counties. The murder of Mary Phagan and the subsequent trial of of Leo Frank ocurred while he was in office. Governor Slaton commuted Frank's sentence to life imprisonment, but Leo Frank was lynched by a mob in Marietta, Georgia, in 1915. Slaton lost his bid for re-election and returned to his law career. He was a member of the General Council of the American Bar Association and served as president of the Georgia Bar Association (1928-1929).

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains photographs, albumen prints, notecards, and a platinotype collected by Governor Slaton and his wife. Images include portraits of Howell Cobb, Cary B. Wilmer, Julia King (Mrs. Henry) Grady, and James W. English, Jr. Other images include Marechal Foch and Charles Loridaus of France and Thomas Whipple Connally. There is a view of Mrs. John Marshall Slaton in the attire she wore when presented at the court of King George V and Queen Mary. There are portraits of four unidentified individuals, three women and a man. The two notecards contain images of residences of Charles J. Haden in Atlanta, Georgia, and the summer residence of Dr. and Mrs. F. Phinizy Calhoun in Linville, North Carolina.


This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.

Index Terms

Clothing & dress--1890-1900
Cobb, Howell, 1815-1868
Connally, Thomas Whipple
Emory University.
English, James W., Jr., 1867-1945
Fashion--19th century
Foch, Ferdinand, 1851-1929
Grady, Julia King, 1852-1901
Linville (N.C.)
Lynes, J. Colton, 1844-1936
Men's clothing.
Military uniforms
Mitchell, Margaret, 1900-1949
Piedmont Park (Atlanta, Ga.)
Portrait photography
Slaton, John M.
Slaton, Sarah Frances Grant, 1870-1945
Walker, John Moore, Bishop , 1888-1951
Wilmer, Cary B., 1905-1988

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Governor and Mrs. John M. Slaton visual arts collection, VIS 209, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1977


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

This material is protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.

Container List




11VIS 209.01 People, groups, 1921, 1930, undated ( 4.0 Image(s) )


MSS OS box 73VIS 209.02 People, portraits, 1887, 1928, undated ( 11.0 Image(s) )
2VIS 209.03 Residences, undated ( 2.0 Image(s) )