Augustin Clayton

Augustin S. Clayton was an initial investor in The Athens Cotton and Wool Mill, which became the Athens Manufacturing Company. UGA School of Social Work is located in the former mill buildings of that factory.

Augustin Clayton served as the “class poet” for UGA’s first graduating class in 1804. The original copy of his graduation poem is now housed at UGA’s Hargrett Library. The poem celebrates settlement of Athens by white Georgians and the revels in the supposed savagery of the Native Americans. He wrote,
 The infant son from his fond mother’s arms
 snatched and buried in the circling flames.
 Or while the Babe lies sleeping in its bed
 A tomahawk divides its tender head
Clayton later became a judge whose rulings were instrumental in removing the Cherokee from Georgia.