The First Woman to Declare for Governor in theState of Georgia
A random obituary leads to some Georgia history.
After transcribing the successful search result for an obituary for a second cousin, twiceremoved, I casually read the beginning of the next entry on the newspaper page. (I haveanobituary collection, so this is not an uncommon thing for me to do.) Here's what Ifound:
Miss Lavonia Seals, an unsuccessful candidate for governor of Georgia, diedTuesday in a local hospital after an extended illness.A graduate of Bessie Tift College and a retired school teacher, Miss Seals was anunsuccessful candidate for the governor's chair during World War I.The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hall and Mary Thompson Seals, she was born inGibson, Ga., and was a member of the Morningside Baptist Church of Savannah...Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at Platt's Chapel with theRev. Jack Corry officiating. Burial will be in the Wrens, Ga. Cemetery.According to atranscriptionof the Wrens City Cemetery in Jefferson County, GA byVicie Robinson in 1979, Lavonia Seals was born 5 May 1876.A further search of the newspapers at GenealogyBank produced this great addition to thehistory of Miss Seals and the state of Georgia: