About Joseph Meriwether Terrell
Joseph Meriwether Terrell (June 6, 1861 – November 17, 1912) was a United States Senator and the 57th Governor of Georgia. Born in Greenville, he attended the common schools, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1882, commencing practice in Greenville.
Terrell was a self-declared "uncompromising friend of common school education,"
Terrell was of entirely English ancestry and is of partial Norman descent. Terrell was a member of the Georgia House of Representatives from 1884 to 1887, and a member of the Georgia Senate in 1890. He served as state attorney general from 1892 to 1902, and Governor of Georgia from 1902 to 1907. He resumed the practice of law in Atlanta, and was appointed to the U.S. Senate as a Democrat to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Alexander S. Clay, serving from November 17, 1910 to July 14, 1911, when he resigned, after having a stroke in February 1911 . He again resumed the practice of law in Atlanta although in poor health and died there from Bright's Disease on November 17, 1912.
Interment was in the City Cemetery, Greenville.