Historic Markers Across Georgia

Troup-Clark Political Feud

Marker ID: GHM 005-27
Location: Jefferson Street at East Greene St, Milledgeville, GA
County: Baldwin
Coordinates: N 33° 4.819    W 083° 13.503
  33.080316    -83.22505
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM4153
Troup-Clark Political Feud  Marker  


In the street near this site in June 1807, occurred the horse-whipping of Superior Court Judge Charles Tait by his political enemy John Clark, later Governor of Georgia. Clark was fined $2,000 for the assault. The incident illustrates Georgia politics in the 1800-1830 period when family and personal loyalties formed the unifying theme. Pistol duels and other violence were frequent and often fatal.

John Clark (Gov., 1819-1823) led the frontier settlers who stood for greater political democracy, while William H. Crawford and George M. Troup (Gov., 1823-1827) led the opposing conservative and aristocratic faction consolidated earlier by James Jackson (Gov., 1789-1801). For years the Troup and Clark parties contended in state politics, differing not so much in principles but in personalities. Under Clark´s leadership the governor became elective by popular vote in 1824. Thus Georgia led other states in removing the chief executive from legislative appointment and control.


Troup-Clark Political Feud
Photo by David Seibert