In the months and even years prior to 1946 Eugene Talmadge body was in decline. Constant campaigning, smoking and lack of regular meals had started to catch up with old Gene. Gene by this time was 62 years old and looked more. He had just won one of his most hard-fought campaigns in his career. Talmadge had successfully held back the rising tide of egalitarianism that gripped the North after World War 2. Friends and family had actually noticed the many changes to the veteran statesmen, including his massive drop of weight and horrible coughs. His speeches during the months after the Primary were plagued with Gene’s coughing, the Talmadgites still cheered though. Gene at this point was a living legend among the Georgia people, to show his appreciation for his victory the sickly Gene kept on campaigning even after his victory in the hard-fought primary, during a Georgia hot summer. His crowds kept on in their massive sizes as well. Talmadge no doubt enjoyed railing against the Yankee press who by now were constantly attacking him in their papers. They talked the same talk they talked today, they called Talmadge the dictator of a backwards hillbilly-redneck state. To make the Northern press even madder was the fact that Talmadge triumph was due to the county unit system. A system that gave small ruralite counties equal representation as large urbanite counties. They screamed that it was unfair that a few large cities weren’t able to dominate the state. Talmadge responded that he stood for the poor farmer. He did. He continued to declare that once he took office, he’d push back the black voting bloc that was whipped up by the NAACP and Arnall’s grandstanding over “muh democracy”. Gene was 100% serious and even supposedly was working with the Klan to push back the resurging black bloc vote. Talmadge wasn’t stupid, he knew he would never win the black vote, he didn’t even want to. This is a lesson Trump and the GOP ought to learn.
Indeed, there is much conspiracy and conjecture over the executions that took place in Monroe Georgia over the death of 4 blacks. Some of which is still ongoing, which is a waste of time and tax payer money. The Yankee/liberal Press at the time had a field day condemning the Jim Crow South over the incident in Monroe. They cried that two of the blacks were veterans who fought in the recent War, yet they left out one had stabbed a White farmer and the other had been secretly “dating” a White whore. The stabber got bailed out by a bleeding heart. This was the reason 30 Whites decided to come down an execute them for their crimes. It was meant to stop future Fergusons and LA riots. These were real White men who choose to take action over “letting the system deal with it.” That’s why women used to be able to walk the streets at night in large cities without having to worry about being raped by some black gangster (or even some shameful wigger). The reason I bring this up is that it was used against Gene. The FBI agents were very keen on blaming Gene, despite the fact he had nothing to do with the killing. As previously stated, they had been traveling Georgia trailing Gene and trying to catch him in some wrongdoing. They wanted to link Gene to the rightful efforts of Talmagdeites who had “stopped” blacks from voting in the White Primary, in a Party created by Southern Whites. They of course didn’t acknowledge that the Supreme Court had acted outside of its jurisdiction in killing the White-Primary. They were only tools of the Washington Empire, an empire that was trying to stuff the lie of equality down the throats of the South, Talmadge was fighting that, thus why they wanted to rob him of the Governorship. A Governorship that was rightfully his.
After winning the election Talmadge would take time off from politics. He took to vacationing to Mexico and even Wyoming, mainly just relaxing after his victory. Then he decided to take a trip to Jacksonville Florida with friends.
“That night around 9:00, while eating stew, he collapsed onto the table unconscious. He was rushed to St. Vincent’s Hospitable in shock with a ruptured vein in his stomach. Transfusions brought him off the danger list, and the visitors who had rushed down from MacRea to bring him pajamas and well wishers were surprised to see him jump out of bed and walk around like nothing happened. (Anderson 234)
Gene was a tough man but his family, friends and political allies still worried over his fate despite Gene’s assurances that “it ain’t nothin’ but a little ole bleedin’ vein”. His supporters in Georgia were very nervous that the Wild Man might not recover and even asked Miss Mitt over whether Gene would be willing to appoint Herman to the Governorship only to told by the Mrs that “ Gene ain’t gone appoint anybody! “Herman can’t make a governor like Gene!”(Anderson 235).
He eventually left the hospital and headed back to Georgia where he got back to relaxing and hunting. This didn’t last. On November he made his way back to Atlanta Piedmont Hospital after server hemorrhaging, eventually his sickly liver stopped getting any better. Gene realized death was near. Even In this grim state he thought only of the future of Georgia and her people.
“He phoned two friends, reporter Ed brides and adviser Lindley Camp, to his side and said, “Boys, I’m dying, but my doctors won’t tell me so. I need somebody to pick up after I’m gone, and it oughta be Hummon. Hummon’s a brilliant boy; he has a great future in politics. He could even be Senator. Lindley, you know a lot of politics, and you can guide him there. Ed, you’re a reporter and you can get him publicity. I want you boys to promise to help him in any way you can.” They did so and left” (Anderson 236)
The next few days Gene’s condition got worse. On the 20th of December he made a call to his longtime bodyguard and friend Henry Spurlin who had made a trip to buy cows for the old ruralite chief. In his whimpering voice he informed his friend that “Spud, don’t buy no more cows”. Spurlin rushed to call the Talmadge family and informed them Gene was dying, they all then rushed to Piedmont to be by the dying man’s bedside in his last moments. Then Gene went into a coma and at 7:00 AM December the 21st 1946, after 20 years of service to his people and state, Eugene Talmadge passed on.
The people of Georgia mourned their deceased Governor in the gloomy Christmas of 1946. The imminent death of Talmadge also caused a battle for the governorship in 1947 where Gene’s son Herman would try to win the Governorship of Georgia. This event would go down as The Three Governors Controversy. Gene had been the leading Segregationist conservative in the state at the time and his death marked the end of an era. The death of Gene and Theodore Bilbo would both probably effect the outcome of the 1948 election. An election where the South tried to stand its ground against the egalitarian sell outs in the Democratic Party. Indeed, one must wonder if had Gene still Governor in 1948 if he’d be able to change the outcome perhaps buying more time for Dixieland to stem back the rising tide of Marxism. Georgia was the only Deep Southern state that didn’t vote for the Strum Thurmond Dixiecrat ticket in 48’. Herman was still battling for the Governorship in 1948 which is the main reason Georgia didn’t vote Thurmond. I can’t see Gene not supporting the Dixiecrats. Had Eugene Talmadge been alive in 1948 I have no doubt that Georgia would have been sternly behind the Dixiecrat Revolt that year against the Negrophile fool Truman. Afterall Talmadge had openly defied the more popular FDR, he certainly would have been a leading opponent of Truman. I think that had Georgia been solidly Dixiecrat from the beginning, thus saving resources the Dixiecrats used in trying to defeat the Tory Democrats, that you might have had a solid Deep South voting for Thurmond that year. Talmadge would have been that boost of energy and leadership that the Dixiecrats needed to turn the tide against the pandering President. That could have changed a lot. Even perhaps the birth of a permanent Third Party of Southerners.
The legacy of Talmadge today has been bastardized and attacked, just as when he was alive. He’s remembered as that “racist Governor”. Yet throughout his life he truly fought for Rural Georgia and against the wicked changes of an egalitarian minded North. He always spoke what he thought was the truth, usually it was the truth. He made mistakes, but he was no ignorant fool. He made hard decisions, like the Cocking firing, that costed him his aspirations of becoming a US Senator. What “demagogue” does that? No, Talmadge was a firm believer of what he preached, he was a Southern Whiteman first and foremost. He believed in the South’s traditions and stood his ground like a true man. He never retreated from the traditions that were founded by the forefathers of Georgia. Furthermore, I believe Talmadge was a symbol, a symbol of the Southern man in the Post-War era. The men who grew up with the legacy of the Confederacy and its sad defeat hanging over their heads. A defeat that had destroyed the great society of the Antebellum South and led to years of harsh military occupation. Everything was lost except the honor that was inside the Southern man. So, instead of turning on their gallant fathers and grandfathers they embraced them. They took the side of tradition and hierarchy. They embraced racial realism and responsibility to make sure your society isn’t subverted by foreign outsiders or traitors from within. They weren’t perfect, but they were REAL MEN. Men who weren’t scared of a fight or Marxists critics. Men who dealt daily with the hardships of rural living and living under a prosperous plutocratic Yankee controlled government in Washington D.C. Governor Talmadge was the chieftain of these men, he was their leader, an expression of their wants and collective righteous anger. As a result, Gene never stopped fighting for them, in a way he was bonded to them, their sword. There was an honest love between them, a bound that brought loyalty, trust and results. That’s something we can and should learn from. He wasn’t just another politician but was instead of true Southern Statesmen. A Statesmen that deserves to be remembered as a Great Georgian and Southerner.