James Edward Oglethorpe

James Edward Oglethorpe (HM17B3)

Location: Augusta, GA 30901 Richmond County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 28.56', W 81° 57.958'

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Founder of Augusta

James Edward Oglethorpe was
descended from aristocratic
English family. As a young man
he represented the borough of
Haslemere in Parliament, where he led
inquires into prison conditions and
became interested in social reforms.

(Picture included):
Oglethorpe, the father of Georgia

He became a leading member of The
Trustees for Establishing the Colony of
Georgia in America,
with the idea of
setting up a colony to offer a new start for
"the better sort of indigent" and to
provide a military buffer against the
Spanish in Florida and the French in the
Alabama country. In practice the
idealistic system of the Trustees proved
impractical, and from the beginning very
few Georgia's settlers were charity

The Father of Georgia sailed to America
with the first wave of settlers, and
founded five towns, including Augusta.

In 1736 he instructed Surveyor
Noble Jones to lay out the town,
named after Princess Augusta,
wife of the Prince of Wales.

(Picture included):
Oglethorpe's letter to Surveyor Noble Jones
HM NumberHM17B3
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Date Added Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 3:10pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 410249 N 3704475
Decimal Degrees33.47600000, -81.96596667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 28.56', W 81° 57.958'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 28' 33.60" N, 81° 57' 57.48" W
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Area Code(s)706
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 823 Broad St, Augusta GA 30901, US
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