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

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July 13, 1890

John C. Fremont

Abraham Lincoln was not the first Republican presidential candidate. It was Georgia native John Frémont who ran four years before Lincoln.

Born in S...
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...
May 01, 1886

Jefferson Davis

It was a comeback tour for the man who had been Confederate president.

Jefferson Davis lived quietly at his Mississippi home in the decades after ...
November 13, 1884

Georgia State Capitol Construction Begins

It was built to look like the United States Capitol and is now a national historic landmark.

Georgia’s capital moved from Milledgeville to Atlan...
January 30, 1882

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born in Hyde Park, New York on this day in 1882, but perhaps no other president besides Jimmy Carter had such strong Georgia ties....
January 16, 1871

Jefferson Franklin Long

Georgia’s first African-American congressman was born a slave.

Jefferson Franklin Long was born in Alabama in 1836. His master sold him to a man i...
August 01, 1866

John Ross

He was known as the Cherokee Moses, the man who fought against the removal of Cherokee Indians from north Georgia.

Though Chief John Ross was only o...
December 18, 1865

Thirteenth Amendment

The words slavery and slave were never mentioned in the U.S. Constitution, until Georgia ratified the 13th Amendment and officially abolished slavery in the Uni...
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...
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 ...

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