Frank Weldon scrapbooks

Frank Weldon scrapbooks

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Weldon, Frank
Title: Frank Weldon scrapbooks
Dates: 1895-1920
Quantity: 0.4 Linear feet (1 document box)
Abstract:The collection consists of two scrapbooks, put together by Frank Weldon, that detail his abiding interest in the Georgia political scene during the turn-of-the-century era focusing on railroad commission matters, a Fulton County legislative campaign, revision of Atlanta's city charter, 1920 re-election campaign of Mayor J. L. Key of Atlanta, and several other related topics pertaining to Atlanta and Fulton County governmental matters.
Coll. Number: ms1739

Biographical/Historical Note

Frank Weldon was an Atlanta resident who was named secretary of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce in 1902.

James. L. Key (1866-1939), a lawyer who served two terms as mayor of Atlanta. By 1902, he was councilman representing the sixth ward and ran for mayor in 1904 and 1918 first losing to then defeating James Woodward. He was easily re-elected in the 1920 election. During that second term, he established Atlanta's first City Planning Commission and issued bonds to build the Spring St. viaduct (completed December 20, 1923). He didn't run in 1922 but lost in 1924. Early in his third term, he made public statements against prohibition and the blue laws bans of Sunday baseball games and Sunday movies. This precipitated a recall vote in 1932 that he would have lost if not from support from the African American community. He was instrumental in getting Harry Hopkins and his WPA program to update the city sewer system and nearly a billion dollars to remodel the Atlanta Municipal Auditorium and Cyclorama building. He won a fourth term in 1934. By the time he was campaigning for his fifth term against Hartsfield in 1936, the nearly 70 year-old Key was accused of spending only an hour a day at his office and lost a contentious race. He died in 1939 after finally seeing the end of prohibition. James L. Key - Nationmaster Encyclopedia (Retrieved February 17, 2009)


Arranged in chronological order.

Index Terms

Altanta (Ga.)--Politics and government--Sources.
Atlanta (Ga.)--Politics and government.
Clippings (information artifacts)
Fulton County (Ga.)--Politics and government--Sources.
Fulton County (Ga.)--Politics and government.
Key, James Lee, 1867-1939
Railroad Commission of Georgia. -- History

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Frank Weldon scrapbooks, 1895-1920. MS 1739. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

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