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Georgia’s history is populated with the most innovative and courageous individuals, some of them famous and others near forgotten. Learn their biographies and contributions to the state’s economy, culture and development.

Abraham Baldwin: A Georgia Founding Father

Abraham Baldwin lived only fifty three years. But in that time he was a lawyer, Yale graduate, state legislator, army chaplain, signer of the U.S. Constitution, House Representative, Senator, and...

Berry College: The Gate of Opportunity

Martha Berry founded Possum Trot, a log cabin school for rural children, at Oak Hill, on her Rome, Georgia family’s plantation. In addition to receiving academic and religious instruction, her...

Beyond the Cookies: The Girl Scouts of America

Fran Powell Harold, director of the Girl Scout National Center, discusses the energy and creativity that Juliette Gordon Low brought to the formation of the Girl Scouts, which she founded in her...

From Rags to Riches: The Story of Alonzo Herndon

Alonzo Herndon, a former slave born in 1858 in Social Circle, sought to better himself and ultimately became Atlanta's first African-American millionaire. An entrepreneur at heart, he learned...

Georgia's Voice in Congress: Carl Vinson

Carl Vinson was sworn into Congress in 1914 at the age of 31 and would serve a record 25 consecutive terms in the U.S. House of Representatives - a total of more than 50 years. A fierce advocate...

Jane Hurt Yarn
Georgia's Wildlife Protector: Jane Hurt Yarn

Family and friends, including President Jimmy Carter and Marcia Dew Bansley, Executive Director of Trees Atlanta, reflect on Jane Hurt Yarn's life work on protecting Georgia's environment. She was...

Henry Grady: The Spokesman of the South

A passionate journalist and charismatic public speaker, Henry Woodfin Grady was known as the “The Spokesman of the New South.” In the late 19th Century, he engaged in a near one-man campaign to...

May duBignon Stiles Howard
May duBignon Stiles Howard: For the Future of Our Children

May duBignon Stiles Howard left sleepy Brunswick to attend nursing school in New York City. Returning to Georgia she became a nurse in Savannah, married a local doctor and rose to be president of...

Rebecca Latimer Felton: Senator for a Day

Rebecca Latimer Felton, a Georgia native and women's rights activist, was the first woman to serve as a United States senator. Following the death of Georgia Senator Thomas Watson, Felton was...

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