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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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July 21, 1861

Francis Bartow

Francis Bartow had it all—a law career, a senator for a father-in-law, wealth in plantations and slaves, political rank and military ambitions. But he risked ...
June 06, 1861

Joseph Terrell

He was known as Georgia’s education governor, though he never attended college himself.

Joseph Terrell was born in Meriwether County in 1861 and b...
April 26, 1856

George Troup

When Georgia had its first showdown with the federal government in the 1820s, Washington blinked. George Michael Troup had faced down the president.

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March 21, 1856

Henry O. Flipper

A man born a slave in Georgia was the first African-American to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Henry Ossian Flipper was born ...
July 15, 1854

George Towns

Political flip-flopping is nothing new. George Washington Bonaparte Towns began his political life as a staunch Unionist.

Born in 1801 in Wilkes Coun...
April 13, 1854

Lucy Craft Laney

To be African-American and born during slavery didn’t necessarily mean you were a slave. Lucy Craft Laney was born in 1854, but her father had purchased freed...
July 27, 1852

George Foster Peabody

He is the namesake of the most prestigious prize in journalism.

George Foster Peabody was born in Columbus in 1852. His parents were New Englanders. ...
May 13, 1846

Mexican War Begins

The Mexican War in 1848 triggered new and thorny issues in a country already beset with divisions between North and South.

The war added 500,000 squ...
March 16, 1841

Henry Tift

This Connecticut carpetbagger turned out to be mighty welcome.

Henry Tift was born in 1841 in Mystic, Connecticut. After the Civil War, he came to A...
June 24, 1840

Mary Latimer McLendon

Prohibition and voting rights for women: they were the twin passions of Mary Latimer McLendon.

Mary Latimer was the younger sister of outspoken suff...

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