Library of Congress
TERRELL, Joseph Meriwether (1861-1912)

TERRELL, JOSEPH MERIWETHER, a Senator from Georgia; born in Greenville, Meriwether County, Ga., June 6, 1861; attended the common schools; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1882 and commenced practice in Greenville, Ga.; member, State house of representatives 1884-1887; member, State senate 1890; attorney general of Georgia 1892-1902; Governor of Georgia 1902-1907; resumed the practice of law in Atlanta, Ga.; appointed as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Alexander S. Clay and served from November 17, 1910, to July 14, 1911, when he resigned; again resumed the practice of his profession in Atlanta, Ga., and died there November 17, 1912; interment in the City Cemetery, Greenville, Ga.

Georgia Department of Archives and History
Atlanta, GA
Papers: Gubernatorial papers.

Georgia Historical Society
Savannah, GA
Papers: 2 letters.

University of Georgia
Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Athens, GA
Papers: 1882-1912. 4.25 linear feet. Scrapbooks (1882-1912) and photographs (1902-1907) concerning his political career at the state and national levels. Photographs are individually cataloged.

  • Mellichamp, Josephine. "Joseph M. Terrell.'' In Senators from Georgia, pp. 196-99. Huntsville, AL: Strode Publishers, 1976.
  • Jones, Alton DuMar. "The Administration of Governor Joseph M. Terrell in the Light of the Progressive Movement.'' Georgia Historical Quarterly 48 (September 1964): 271-90.