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June 9, 1732
Georgia began as an idea, the brainchild of James Oglethorpe and several other Englishmen who wanted to establish a new British settlement between...
June 4, 1738
He watched America being born and was its last king. On this day in 1738 at Windsor Castle, Frederick, the Prince of Wales, and his wife Princess...
November 22, 1754
A theology degree from Yale led to chaplaincy in the Army for New England-born Abraham Baldwin. After the war, he followed his friend Nathanael...
January 22, 1776
Theodore Roosevelt’s great-great-grandfather was Georgia’s first chief executive. Archibald Bulloch was born in Charleston in 1730 and moved to...
August 2, 1776
Georgia joined The United States on August 2, 1776, the same day that Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, and George Walton signed the Declaration of...
January 6, 1785
Samuel Elbert had every reason to support the British during the American Revolution. A successful and conservative Savannah businessman, he might...
January 27, 1785
"Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives."...
November 20, 1785
He was the last Georgia governor who answered to the King. James Wright, born in London in 1716, came to South Carolina as a teenager when his father...
February 10, 1787
He was the other signer from Georgia of the U.S. Constitution. William Few was born in 1748 in Maryland and moved to Richmond County near Augusta in...
January 2, 1788
The U.S. Constitution has always been contentious. Our sacred charter was born in controversy and remains so to this day. Georgia elected six...
October 19, 1790
Lyman Hall was an ordained minister, a doctor and one of three Georgians to sign the Declaration of Independence, quite a resume for a man born in...
May 12, 1791
As first president, George Washington was the living symbol of the independent United States. After his inauguration, he embarked on a grand tour...
January 12, 1798
James Jackson was a pugnacious politician with a fiery temper. Born in England in 1756, he came to Savannah as a teen and fought in the American...
April 2, 1814
A U.S. Army fort in Columbus is named for a man who waged war against the U.S. Army. Henry Benning, born in Columbia County, was one of Georgia’s...
December 1, 1824
A man who killed a political opponent in a duel nearly became the first president from Georgia, long before Jimmy Carter. William Crawford began his...