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John M. Slaton

Born: Dec 25, 1866

Death: Jan 11, 1955

Birthplace: Meriwether County

Nationality: United States

John M. Slaton

Date of Birth : Dec 25, 1866
Date of Death : Jan 11, 1955
Birth Place : Meriwether County

John Marshall Slaton, or Jack Slaton, served two non-consecutive terms as the 60th Governor of Georgia. His political career was ended in 1915 after he commuted the death penalty sentence of Atlanta factory boss Leo Frank, who had been convicted for the murder of a teenage girl employee. Because of Slaton's law firm partnership with Frank’s defense counsel, claims were made that Slaton's involvement raised a conflict of interest. Soon after Slaton's action, Frank was lynched. After Staton's term as governor ended, he and his wife left the state for a decade. Slaton later served as president of the Georgia State Bar Association.

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