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"Little Joe" Brown for Governor Political Button

"Little Joe" Brown for Governor Political Button

Descriptive Summary

Title: "Little Joe" Brown for Governor Political Button
Creator: Brown, Joseph M., 1851-1932
Inclusive Dates: 1909-1912
Language(s): English
Extent: 1 item(s)
Collection Number: RBRL563
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: Joseph M. "Little Joe" Brown was governor of Georgia from 1909-1911 and 1912-1913 and has been implicated in encouraging the lynching of Leo Frank. This collection consists of one gubernatorial campaign button from the period 1909-1912.

Collection Description

Historical Note

Joseph M. "Little Joe" Brown was governor of Georgia from 1909-1911 and 1912-1913. He was the son of Joseph E. Brown, who was Georgia's governor during the Civil War. In his various campaigns for governor, he was a constant political rival of Hoke Smith (US Secretary of the Interior, 1893-1896; Governor of Georgia, 1907-1909 and 1911, and US Senator 1911-1920).

As governor, Brown was an advocate for Prohibition. He also enacted laws requring the licensure of automobiles and handguns. Brown ran against Smith again in 1914 for the US Senate but was defeated. During the election and for sometime afterwards, Brown involved himself in the Leo Frank case by publishing a series of antisemitic articles in several Georgia newspapers. These areticles were a contributing in the lynching of Leo Frank on August 17, 1915.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of 1 political button supporting Joseph M. "Little Joe" Brown for Governor of Georgia

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

"Little Joe" Brown for Governor Political Button. Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

Copyright Information

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Finding Aid Publication

Finding Aid prepared by Robert Lay, 2023-06-13.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Buttons (information artifacts)
Governors -- Georgia.
Political campaigns -- Georgia.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

01Gubernatorial campaign button