DeKalb History Center George Newton Flowers Papers
Biographical Sketches of George Newton Flowers (1837-1917)
George Newton Flowers was born January 22, 1837 in the Abbeville District, South Carolina, but at a young age moved to Georgia with his parents, John Yancey Flowers (1815-1887) and Dicy Reeve Flowers (1817-1868). George N. Flowers prospected in Mississippi, but returned to Georgia at the outbreak of the Civil War, serving as a major in the Army. After the war, he attended the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta and graduated from medical college in Nashville, Tennessee. In addition to practicing medicine, Flowers was a longtime postmaster at Doraville, owned several farms, and operated a mercantile business. After the incorporation of Doraville in 1871, Flowers served on the first town council.