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September 26, 1865

Archibald Butt

Three Georgians died on the Titanic. One of them was Archibald Butt.  He was born in Augusta on this day in 1865.

Archie Butt became a jo...

October 31, 1860

Juliette Gordon Low

She was partially deaf, suffered from depression, and had no children of her own, yet she founded the Girl Scouts of the USA.

Juliette Gordon Low ...
December 09, 1845

Joel Chandler Harris

Joel Chandler Harris was a New South journalist, a folklorist, and one of Georgia’s most famous authors.

He was born in Eatonton in 1845. Like Ben...
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...
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...
December 24, 1814

War of 1812

The War of 1812 between the United States and Great Britain officially ended on Christmas Eve, 1814, with the Treaty of Ghent.

Georgians were deeply...
November 20, 1785

James Wright

He was the last Georgia governor who answered to the King.

James Wright, born in London in 1716, came to South Carolina as a teenager when his fathe...
June 30, 1785

James Oglethorpe Died

The colony he founded is now the largest of the United States east of the Mississippi.

James Edward Oglethorpe was born in 1696 in London and was ed...
October 09, 1779

Casimir Pulaski

Casimir Pulaski came from Poland to fight in the American Revolution and is one of only seven people to be granted honorary U.S. citizenship.

Pulaski w...

September 16, 1779

Siege of Savannah

On September 16, 1779, the Siege of Savannah began during the American Revolution.

Captured in December 1778, Geor...

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