|This photograph shows three of the many awards for public service won by Walter W. Harrison (1990-1985) of Millen, Georgia. Harrison was most widely known as a pioneer of rural electrification in Georgia. When he organized the Planters Electric Membership Cooperative in 1937, only 1 percent of Georgia's farm households had electricity; when he retired as General Manager of Georgia Electric Membership Corporation in 1975, 99 percent of rural homes were electrified. In addition, he served as mayor of Millen for 20 years, as county commissioner for 6 years, as a state representative for 12 years, and as a state senator for 8 years.|
From 129. Harrison (Walter W.) papers, 1937-1985.