Eurith D. Rivers

Eurith D. Rivers

Eurith D. Rivers
Rivers visiting the White House as the Georgian governor-elect on December 22, 1936.
56th Governor of Georgia
In office
January 12, 1937 – January 14, 1941
Preceded by Eugene Talmadge
Succeeded by Eugene Talmadge
Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born Eurith Dickinson Rivers
(1895-12-01)December 1, 1895
Center Point, Arkansas, U.S.
Died June 11, 1967(1967-06-11) (aged 71)
Lakeland, Georgia, U.S.
Nationality American
Political party Democratic

Eurith Dickinson "Ed" Rivers (December 1, 1895 – June 11, 1967) was an American politician from 56th Governor of Georgia from 1937 to 1941.


  • Early life and education 1
  • Career 2
  • Later life and death 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life and education

Eurith Dickinson Rivers was born on December 1, 1895 in Milltown (now called Lakeland) to became editor of the Lanier County News.


Rivers was elected to the Speaker, serving from 1933 to 1937.

His election as governor came after a stormy Georgia House of Representatives had strongly supported the New Deal, was his opponent, and won with about 60 percent of the vote (the same margin by which Talmadge lost his Senate race).

Rivers' first two-year term as governor saw Georgia pass the legislation required to bring New Deal programs into the state, and was widely acclaimed. Rivers created the 7 month school year. Under Rivers' leadership, electrical services were expanded to rural areas of the state. Georgia moved from the lowest-ranked state to the top of the list in the number of rural electrification associations. When he was in office, the State Bureau of Unemployment Compensation was created, allowing Georgians to receive unemployment benefits.

After Rivers' re-election in 1938, he ran into problems financing many of his improvement programs. Although the budget was reduced by 25 percent, he was able to convince the legislature to create the Georgia Housing Authority and obtain federal funds to build public housing. During Rivers' second term, there were political scandals and charges of corruption. Many of Rivers' appointees and staff members were charged with corrupt practices, and the charges reflected poorly on the governor.

In 1939, Rivers proclaimed a state holiday for the December premiere of the film Gone With the Wind.

Later life and death

Rivers died at Lakeland, Georgia in 1967 and is buried in the City Cemetery there.

See also

  • List of Governors of Georgia


  1. ^ Georgia Dept. of Archives and History (1925). Georgia's official register. Longino and Porter

External links

Political offices
Preceded by
Eugene Talmadge
Governor of the State of Georgia
January 12, 1937 – January 14, 1941
Succeeded by
Eugene Talmadge