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Today in Georgia History
is a joint collaboration of the Georgia Historical Society & Georgia Public Broadcasting.

19th Century

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January 21, 1931

Eliza Frances Andrews

She was a non-conformist before that became stylish.

Eliza Frances “Fanny” Andrews was born in Washington, Georgia, in 1840. Among the first stu...
November 21, 1922

Rebecca Latimer Felton

Georgia steadfastly opposed women’s suffrage, so no one ever expected the first woman in the U.S. Senate to be from Georgia. But that’s what happened on thi...
August 04, 1919

Nellie Peters

Organize and reform was Mary Ellen Peters’ mantra long before unions adopted it.

Nellie Peters was born in Atlanta in 1851. After her husband died...
May 08, 1915

Henry McNeal Turner

Mixing religion and politics worked out well for Henry McNeal Turner.

Free-born in South Carolina in 1834, he was educated by white attorneys at a ...
August 08, 1899

William Yates Atkinson

Not many governors had to prove their courage by facing down a lynch mob. William Yates Atkinson did. The two-term governor was one of Georgia’s most progress...
April 25, 1898

Spanish-American War in Georgia

"Remember the Maine" - three simple words that helped propel the United States into a major conflict with Spain. And Georgians played an important role in it. ...
October 30, 1897

Von Gammon

Can you imagine Saturday afternoons in autumn without college football in Georgia? It almost happened.

On this day in 1897, UGA player Richard Von ...
April 23, 1897

Lucius Clay

He was the architect of one of the most remarkable logistical feats in history -- and one of the most humane.

Lucius Clay was born in Marietta in 189...
October 08, 1895

Liberty Bell in Atlanta

It doesn't get around much anymore, but the Liberty Bell came to Atlanta on this date in 1895 for the Cotton States Exposition.

It almost didn'...

September 18, 1895

The Atlanta Cotton States & International Exposition

On this day in 1895, President Grover Cleveland threw an electric switch at his Massachusetts home and officially opened the Atlanta Cotton States and Intern...

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