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Susan Amanda Cobb "Susie" Atkinson (Milton)

Birthdate: (82)
Birthplace: Greenwood, Jackson County, Florida
Death: 1942 (82)
Saint Augustine, St. Johns, Florida, United States
Place of Burial: Oak Hill Cemetery, Coweta, Georgia, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Henry Milton and Lucy Hall Hearn
Wife of William Yates Atkinson, Governor
Mother of Dr. John Pepper Atkinson; Lucille Baltzell; William Yates Atkinson, Jr.; Bert Milton Atkinson; Miriam Milton Mitchell and 1 other
Sister of William Hall Milton, U.S. Senator and Margaret Belle Blackshear

Managed by: Gwyneth McNeil
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About Susan Cobb Milton Atkinson

Susan Cobb Milton Atkinson (1860—1942) was influential in promoting education to women in Georgia in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. As the wife of William Yates Atkinson, the Governor of Georgia from 1894 to 1898, she used her position to advocate for state funding for women to attend college. In her later life, Atkinson served as the postmistress in Newnan—a title bestowed upon her by President Theodore Roosevelt himself.

Early life and education

Susan was born in Greenwood, Florida. Her grandfather had been Governor of Florida, so Susan was exposed at a young age to the life of politics.

She attended the Lucy Cobb Institute for college, where she also met her husband.

Georgia College & State University

In 1889, Atkinson created a petition for the state of Georgia to open a college, so her husband presented a bill to the House of Representatives that finally passed. After Milledgeville was selected as the site for the college, it was founded in 1890 as Georgia Normal and Industrial College. The school's name was later changed to Georgia State College for Women and then finally to Georgia College & State University. When the college was founded, William was named Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and Susan became the President of the Board of Visitors.


Georgia Normal and Industrial College honored the Atkinsons by naming a building in their honor.

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Susan Cobb Milton Atkinson's Timeline

Greenwood, Jackson County, Florida
February 2, 1881
Age 21
Newnan, Coweta, Georgia, United States
March 27, 1884
Age 24
Newnan, Coweta, Georgia, United States
Age 27
of, GA, USA
March 20, 1889
Age 29
Ga, Usa
November 23, 1892
Age 32
Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia, United States
October 10, 1895
Age 35
Atlanta, Fulton County, GA, USA
Age 82
Saint Augustine, St. Johns, Florida, United States
Age 82
Oak Hill Cemetery, Coweta, Georgia, United States