December 6, 2021

Celebrate the Founding of Georgia (February 12)

Did you know that throughout Georgia history, its capital has moved 4 different times? The cities of Savannah, Augusta, Louisville, Milledgeville, and Atlanta have all at one point served as the seat for our state government.

Georgia celebrates their 286th birthday on Tuesday, February 12th. On this day in 1733, James Oglethorpe and over 100 colonists unloaded their ship and settled in present day Savannah.

James Edward Oglethorpe was an interesting historical figure in history. He was a British general, a member of Parliament and a philanthropist. He lived a life in great affluence with his family but things began to change when his good friend was imprisoned for failure to pay his debts. While his friend was in prison, he contracted smallpox and died.

Oglethorpe shortly after, introduced a bill to Parliament for better monitoring of the prisons. He did not stop with just prison reform. He was able to persuade Parliament to pass a law by which they might be set free, provided they agree to go to America, and establish a new colony for England.

King George II of England approved his request and this new strip of the new country was names Georgia in honor of the king. Our state ultimately protected South Carolina and other southern colonies from Spanish invasion through Florida.

Georgia has many “first” in its past.  Georgia was governed by a Board of Trustees in London for the first 20 years. It was the only colony to prohibit slavery from its inception – along with lawyers and Roman Catholics.

Georgia was the first of 10 states to vote against the ratification of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote. Even after it became a federal law on August 26, 1920, Georgia women were prevented from voting until 1922.

Georgia is the number one producer of peanuts, pecans and Vidalia onions in the world.

Join the members of the James Stewart Chapter, NSDAR, and commemorate Georgia Day. Founded in 1890, the NDSAR is one of the oldest patriotic women’s organizations in the world.

The DAR strives to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism via commemorative events, scholarships and educational initiatives, citizenship programs, service to veterans and other meaningful community service. Our members can help you find your ancestor.

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The Digital Library of Georgia

The portrayal of the Indians meeting courtesy of

Submitted by Pamela Lyle, Regent, James Stewart Chapter, NSDAR

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