James Edward Oglethorpe autograph and print
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James Edward Oglethorpe autograph and print

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Unknown.
Title: James Edward Oglethorpe autograph and print
Dates: 1727
Extent: 0.1 cubic feet (1 oversize folder)
Identification: MS 2265

Biographical/Historical Note

James Edward Oglethorpe (1696-1785) was a soldier, philanthropist, member of Parliament, founder of the colony of Georgia, and a General in the British Army. Oglethorpe was born in London and received his degree from Cambridge University. He married Elizabeth Wright in 1744. He served as a member of Parliament from 1722-1754. Oglethorpe led a group of colonists to Georgia and settled Savannah on February 1, 1733. Oglethorpe is directly responsible for the distinctive urban development of Savannah as well as the initial treaties with the local Native Americans, the Lower Creeks. He colonized Frederica and Augusta in 1736. In 1742, he led the defense of St. Simons Island against the Spanish. He returned to England in 1743, but was recognized as Georgia's first governor until 1752.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains a framed autograph of James Oglethorpe from 13 May 1727 along with a print of an engraved portrait of Oglethorpe. The date of the print as well as when the print and autograph were framed together is unknown.

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