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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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April 21, 1836

Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar

A Louisville, Georgia native would become president of the Republic of Texas.

Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar was born in 1798 and led a colorful life, to...
March 27, 1836

James Fannin

Fannin County in north Georgia is named for Georgian James Fannin, who fought in the Texas independence movement.

Having attended West Point, Fannin...
March 28, 1834

Rufus Bullock

Margaret Mitchell portrayed him as a corrupt carpetbagger, whose great failing was to be a Republican who supported African-American equality.

Rufus...
July 26, 1827

Cherokee Constitution

In the 1820s, the Cherokee nation was carving out a permanent, sovereign home within the United States.

Using Sequoyah’s Cherokee syllabary, the t...
June 15, 1826

Bill Arp

Missouri has Mark Twain. Georgia has Bill Arp, the pen name for Charles Henry Smith.

Born in Lawrenceville in 1826, Smith moved to Rome in 1851 to pr...
April 30, 1825

William McIntosh

On this day in 1825, 200 Creek warriors set fire to a plantation house, and shot and stabbed the owner to death. The owner was William McIntosh, a Creek Indian ...
April 20, 1824

Alfred Colquitt

Alfred Colquitt had an imposing resume: Ivy League graduate, Mexican War veteran, Confederate general, congressman, governor and senator.

Born in W...
May 24, 1819

SS Savannah

It was the first steamship in the world to cross the Atlantic.

The steamship Savannah was built in 1818 in New York as a sailing packet but w...
May 03, 1816

Montgomery Meigs

He was a Georgia native responsible for turning Robert E. Lee’s plantation into a national cemetery.

Montgomery Meigs was born in Augusta in 1816 a...
April 02, 1814

Henry L. Benning

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 ...

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