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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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February 22, 1862

Alexander Stephens

A vice presidency can be thankless at best. But when you don’t want the job, and you don’t get along with your president, it’s even worse.

Ge...
January 07, 1861

Robert Toombs

He stood for saving the Union and he later zealously argued for secession, Robert Toombs was one of the most influential Georgians of the 19th century.
November 14, 1860

Alexander Stephens

The threat of secession hung heavy over the land eight days after Abraham Lincoln’s election. Alexander Stephens, who had known Lincoln from his days in Congr...
December 23, 1836

Wesleyan College

Women’s struggle for equality took a major step forward on this day in 1836. The first college in the world to grant degrees to women was chartered in Macon -...
September 10, 1836

Joseph Wheeler

He would serve under the Stars and Stripes and the Stars and Bars in major wars.

Born in Augusta, Joseph Wheeler graduated near the bottom of his ...
December 03, 1832

John Forsyth

Only two Georgians have served as Secretary of State. John Forsyth was one of them.

Born in Virginia in 1780, Forsyth went to school in Wilkes Count...
September 15, 1831

Worcester v. Georgia

The beginnings of the infamous Cherokee Trail of Tears could well be traced to a Lawrenceville courtroom. 

During the 1820s, Governor George Gilme...

December 01, 1824

William Crawford

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...
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...
April 01, 1812

Tunis Campbell

He was one of the first Georgians to attempt to create a truly color-blind society after the Civil War.

Tunis Campbell was born in New Jersey in 181...

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