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B. R. Trotter. Proof is not wanting but rather abundant, that neither wealth nor influence are necessary in America to reach an honorable and independent position in life, and also that success comes more readily when natural inclination is given its way. Thus the well known journalist and publisher, B. R. Trotter, editor and proprietor of the Advocate-Democrat, at Crawfordsville, Georgia, might have been disciplined into becoming a fair agriculturalist had he remained on the home farm, but it is reasonably certain that he would have been a discontented one because all his inclinations directed to an entirely different field of effort. Had he not followed these natural leadings, even with some hardships, Georgia would have lost one of its earnest, capable, influential newspaper men.
        B. R. Trotter was born at Cleveland, Georgia, November 4, 1889, and is a son of B. and Jane (Reap) Trotter, the former of whom was born in Georgia in 1860 and the latter five years later. They are among the highly esteemed residents of Cleveland, the father formerly having been a well known farmer in White County. They have four children: O. F., a resident of Atlanta, Georgia; B. R., of Crawfordsville; Mrs. Ernest Southard, of Decatur, Georgia; and Edward, of Cleveland, Georgia,
    In boyhood, at different places in White County, including Cleveland and Mossy Creek, B. R. Trotter had educational advantages, attending for a time the high school at the latter point. He then entered the printing office of the Cleveland Courier as an apprentice and afterward worked in other offices, first at Washington, then at Tifton, later at Eatonton and again at Washington, all in Georgia, subsequently establishing himself as a resident of Lincolnton, Georgia, where he was very active in public affairs and in 1914 was elected mayor of the place. From there he came to Crawfordville and purchased the Advocate-Democrat, the only paper of the county. Under his able management and with his introduction of improved machinery in the plant, its old prestige has not only been revived but its circulation is growing right along. Mr. Trotter conducts his paper as a democratic journal and his able editorials leave no doubt as to his opinions on both world-wide and local affairs. He is a man of considerable substance, owning entirely his electrically operated plant as well as a handsome residence property.
    On April 3, 1910, Mr. Trotter was united in marriage with Miss Ruby Dorsey, who is a daughter of W. H. Dorsey, her parents yet living in White County. Mr. and Mrs. Trotter have one child, Edith, who was born in November, 1914, at Lincolnton. Mr. Trotter is well known to members of the press in the state and his co-operation may always be counted on when movements are on foot looking toward further newspaper progress. Advertisers find his journal a fine medium, one of the important features of his office being all modern equipments for this branch of the trade. 
Source: A Standard History Of Georgia and Georgians by Lucian Lamar Knight Volume 3


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