Rufus B. Bullock, Governor

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Rufus Brown Bullock

Birthdate: (73)
Birthplace: Albany County, New York, United States
Death: April 27, 1907 (73)
Albion, Orleans County, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Volkert Veeder Bullock and Jane Eliza Brown
Husband of Marie Elizabeth Bullock
Father of Volkert V. Bullock; Rufus Brown Bullock, Jr.; Cornelia Bullock and Hugh B. Bullock

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About Rufus B. Bullock, Governor

Rufus Brown Bullock (March 28, 1834 – April 27, 1907) was an American politician.


He served as the 46th Governor of Georgia from 1868 to 1871 during Reconstruction and was the first Republican governor of Georgia. After various allegations of scandal, in 1871 he was obliged by the Ku Klux Klan to resign the governorship. He was succeeded by Republican State Senate president Benjamin Conley, who served as Governor for the two remaining months of the term to which Bullock had been elected.

He later became president of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and in 1895 served as master of ceremonies for the Cotton States and International Exposition.

Bullock was born in Bethlehem, New York, and moved to Augusta, Georgia, in 1857 for his job with the telegraph company Adams Express. He died in Albion, New York, in 1907 and was buried in Mt. Albion Cemetery nearby.

Bullock has had both detractors and admirers. He remains a controversial figure in Georgia state history.

The novel Gone With the Wind, by native Georgian Margaret Mitchell, references the election of Rufus Bullock at the end of Part Four, calling it the end of a process of Northern subjugation of Georgia that had begun with Sherman's March to the Sea in 1864. In the novel, the Republicans win the election, utilizing voter fraud with the help of their African-American constituency. Benjamin Conley was succeeded by James M. Smith, a Democrat, and no Republican would serve as Governor of Georgia again until 2003.

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Rufus B. Bullock, Governor's Timeline

March 28, 1834
Albany County, New York, United States
December 8, 1862
Age 28
Augusta, Richmond County, Georgia, United States
August 6, 1864
Age 30
March 28, 1866
Age 32
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, United States
December 18, 1873
Age 39
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, United States
April 27, 1907
Age 73
Albion, Orleans County, New York, United States