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

Individual Development and Identity

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January 15, 1821

Lafayette McLaws

He was the second-highest ranking Georgian in Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia and fought in every major battle, but was court-martialed for neglect of duty. ...
November 27, 1809

Fanny Kemble

She was an outspoken opponent of slavery who married one of the largest slaveholders in the South.

Frances Anne “Fanny” Kemble was born in Lond...
January 28, 1791

Mary Telfair

Southern benefactor she was, Southern belle she was not. She nurtured the oldest public art museum in the South.

Mary Telfair was born in Augusta on...
October 19, 1790

Lyman Hall

Lyman Hall was an ordained minister, a doctor and one of three Georgians to sign the Declaration of Independence, quite a resume for a man born in Connecticu...

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...

May 16, 1777

Button Gwinnett – Lachlan McIntosh Duel

His John Hancock is rarer than John Hancock’s.

Born in England in 1735, Button Gwinnett came to Savannah 30 years later. He bought St. Catherine...
June 20, 1770

Moses Waddel

In a half century of teaching, Moses Waddel taught some of the most influential and important statesmen of the 19th century.

Born in North Carolina ...
December 16, 1769

Jesse Mercer

He wrote the section of Georgia’s constitution that guarantees religious liberty to its citizens.

Jesse Mercer was born in North Carolina in 1769 a...
October 25, 1760

George II

Our state still bears his name, but King George II never set foot here.

He was born in Germany and when he succeeded his father, George I, in 172...
December 02, 1737

John Wesley

John Wesley lost his labor of love when he came to Georgia.

The founder of the Methodist Church was born in England in 1703, becoming a strict man o...

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