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

Civic Ideals and Practices

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March 15, 1911

Ivan Allen, Jr.

He was Atlanta’s mayor for eight years in the 1960s, and he was the only Southern politician to testify in favor of the Civil Rights Act.

Ivan All...
May 30, 1910

Ralph Metcalfe

He was called the “World’s Fastest Human,” and he excelled on and off the track.

Ralph Metcalfe was born in Atlanta in 1910 and became one of ...
March 20, 1907

Ellis Arnall

He’s the only person who ever beat Gene Talmadge.

Ellis Arnall was born in Newnan in 1907. He earned a degree in Greek from the University of the S...
November 02, 1897

Richard B. Russell

He was one of the most powerful Americans of the 20th century and served in public office for more than half of it.

Richard Brevard Russell, Jr., born...

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 ...
November 30, 1894

Joseph E. Brown

He was Georgia’s Civil War governor who opposed almost every Confederate policy.

Joseph Emerson Brown was born in South Carolina in 1821 and was ...
November 16, 1894

Thomas Brewer

The Civil Rights movement boasted many heroes; some, sadly, unsung.

Thomas Brewer was born in Alabama in 1894, and earned a medical degree at Meharry...
September 11, 1894

Helen Douglas Mankin

An ambulance driver, a lawyer and the first woman elected to Congress from Georgia* -- all stops along the way for Helen Do...
March 01, 1890

William B. Hartsfield

When you help guide a city through a depression and then, later, guide it through the civil rights era...when you are responsible for Atlanta’s becoming the a...
November 09, 1886

John B. Gordon

War can make or break a man. The Civil War made John Brown Gordon.

Born in Upson County in 1832, he was managing his father’s coalmines in north...

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