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

nineteenth century

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December 29, 1835

Treaty of New Echota

It cost three men their lives and provided the legal basis for the Trail of Tears, the forcible removal of the Cherokee Nation from Georgia. The Treaty of New E...
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...

October 27, 1828

Dahlonega Gold Rush

It was October and the trees were golden...and not just the trees.

Benjamin Parks was walking through the woods of north Georgia when he kicked a s...
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...
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 01, 1815

Crawford Long

Anyone who has ever had surgery owes him of debt of thanks.

Crawford Long was born in Danielsville, Georgia in 1815 and graduated from the Univers...
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 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...
September 08, 1807

Horace King

Horace King, one of the most renowned bridge builders in Georgia and American history, was born a slave in Chesterfield, South Carolina. His owner, John Godwin,...

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