Fact Sheet About Governor Ellis G. Arnall
1907 in Newman, Georgia
- Youngest Representative ever elected to the Georgia General Assembly
- Georgia Attorney General
- Governor of Georgia between 1943 and 1947
Accomplishments While Governor:
- Attaining accreditation of the university system
- Establishing a teachers' retirement system
- Creating a merit system for state employees
- Repealing the state's poll tax
- Reforming the state's penal system
- Lowering the voting age
- Paying off the state's debts
- Fighting discriminatory freight rates
Co-founder in 1949 of Arnall Golden & Gregory, LLP with Sol I. Golden and
Cleburne Gregory, Jr.
- When asked what he was proudest of during his time as Governor, Arnall
replied "Spending more than 50 cents of every dollar on education. I
believe in a free and open education."
- In connection with abolishing the poll tax, allowing even the poorest
citizen to vote without having to pay for the right to do so, he said
"Politics is the science of bringing people together on a common
- While bringing widespread reform to the education system he said
"Education is the cure for ignorance, poverty, and disease."
- Arnall's abiding faith in democracy led him to say "There is nothing
wrong with government that democracy won't cure."
The Politics of Change in Georgia: A Political Biography of Ellis Arnall
by Harold Paulk Henderson (University of Georgia Press).
The Governship of Ellis Arnall Georgia Historical Quarterly, vol. LXXIV,
No. 4, Winter, 1990
Former Governor of Georgia Becomes
Spokesman for the Independent Movement in Hollywood
Read about the 1948 events that brought Ellis G. Arnall into Hollywood as the
president of the Society of Independent Motin Picture Producers. Excerpt from Hollywood
Renegades by J. A. Aberdeen.
Ellis G. Arnall - Biography
The political career of the Governor of Georgia, which came to the attention
of the independent producers of Hollywood. Excerpt from Hollywood Renegades
by J. A. Aberdeen.
History of Arnall Golden &
The lawfirm organized by Ellis Arnall in 1949, while president of the Society
of Independent Motion Picture Producers. If the above link does not load
properly, click here.
Additional biographical information with pictures of the "Boy
Governor" who became the progressive leader of Georgia at age 35. If the
above title link does not load properly, click
Three Governors Controversy
In 1946, Ellis Arnall became involved in one of the most unique elections in
the history of United States politics. [Archived link cordially removed at the
request of the author and website creator.]
See pictures and read the inscription on the statue of the former Governor of
Georgia. If the above link does not load properly, click
How Hollywood Reformed The
Georgia Prison System
More information on the case of Robert Burns in I Am a Fugitive From a
Chain Gang. If the above link does not load properly, click
Jerry Haendiges Vintage Radio Logs provides cassette recordings of Ellis
Arnal (as well as Eric Johnston) appearances on the radio series Meet The