Tools Menu

Share Your Feedback

Winner of two 2013 Emmy Awards from the Southeast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

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

Individual Development and Identity

Pages

December 28, 1856

Woodrow Wilson

The first Southerner in the White House after the Civil War grew up in Georgia, and knew the war firsthand.

Thomas Woodrow Wilson was born in Virgin...
July 15, 1854

George Towns

Political flip-flopping is nothing new. George Washington Bonaparte Towns began his political life as a staunch Unionist.

Born in 1801 in Wilkes Coun...
April 13, 1854

Lucy Craft Laney

To be African-American and born during slavery didn’t necessarily mean you were a slave. Lucy Craft Laney was born in 1854, but her father had purchased freed...
July 27, 1852

George Foster Peabody

He is the namesake of the most prestigious prize in journalism.

George Foster Peabody was born in Columbus in 1852. His parents were New Englanders. ...
December 30, 1851

Asa Candler

He took Coca-Cola from the drug store to Main Street, and endowed a great university. Asa Candler was born in Villa Rica in 1851. While working as a pharmacist ...
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...
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 ...
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...
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 ...
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...

Pages