James Moore Wayne, 1790-1867

James Moore Wayne, 1790-1867 (HM36Y)

Location: Savannah, GA 31401 Chatham County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 4.614', W 81° 5.562'

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For 32 Years Associate Of The U.S. Supreme Court

The residence opposite this site, known as the Gordon House, was built between 1819-1821. A fine example of Regency architecture, it was designed by the eminent architect, William Jay. The third story and side porch were later added.

The house was originally owned by James M. Wayne, one of Georgia's most illustrious public men. After service as Mayor of Savannah, Judge of the Eastern Circuit, and as Congressman, he was appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States by President Jackson in 1835. An able and courageous jurist, Wayne served on the highest court with distinction until his death in 1867 at Washington.

Though devoted to his native State, Judge Wayne was a strong Unionist. Opposing Secession, he remained on the Supreme Court after Georgia left the Union, a decision sharply contrasting with the course of his son, Henry C. Wayne, who resigned his commission in the U.S. Army in 1860 on the approach of war to serve Georgia as Adjutant General.

The Wayne residence was purchased in 1831 by a distinguished Savannahian, William Washington Gordon (1796-1842), organizer and first President of the Central of Georgia Railroad. President Taft was a guest there in 1909.
HM NumberHM36Y
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number025-6
Year Placed1952
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
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Date Added Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 7:00am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 491251 N 3548963
Decimal Degrees32.07690000, -81.09270000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 4.614', W 81° 5.562'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 4' 36.84" N, 81° 5' 33.72" W
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Area Code(s)478, 912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 143 Bull St, Savannah GA 31401, US
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