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

Supreme Court

August 31, 1992

Charles Weltner

He was a Georgia congressman who courageously spoke out for racial equality at a time when few white leaders did.

Charles Weltner was born in 1927 in...
October 15, 1991

Clarence Thomas Confirmation

He became only the second African-American to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court—and one of its most controversial members.

Clarence Thomas was born...

September 25, 1946

Robert Benham

When Robert Benham was appointed the first African American on the Georgia Supreme Court, it was only one of a long line of firsts.

Benham was born in ...

May 15, 1925

Carl Sanders

George Wallace he most definitely was not.

Carl Sanders was born in 1925 in Augusta. He served in the Air Force in World War II, then returned to th...
November 30, 1894

Joseph E. Brown

He was Georgia’s Civil War governor who opposed almost every Confederate policy.

Joseph Emerson Brown was born in South Carolina in 1821 and was ...
June 06, 1861

Joseph Terrell

He was known as Georgia’s education governor, though he never attended college himself.

Joseph Terrell was born in Meriwether County in 1861 and b...
March 06, 1857

Dred Scott Decision

Dred Scott v Sanford was one of the most controversial cases in history, with a Georgian sitting on the Supreme Court that decided it.

Dred S...
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...

April 02, 1814

Henry L. Benning

A U.S. Army fort in Columbus is named for a man who waged war against the U.S. Army.

Henry Benning, born in Columbia County, was one of Georgia’s ...
March 19, 1806

James Jackson

It started as a swindle and ended up as a landmark Supreme Court case.

In 1795, Georgia passed the Yazoo Land Act, selling 35 million acres of weste...