M.E. Thompson and the Purchase of Jekyll Island

M.E. Thompson and the Purchase of Jekyll Island (HMB8T)

Location: Jekyll Island, GA 31527 Glynn County
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N 31° 3.296', W 81° 25.287'

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Melvin E. Thompson, Acting Governor, 1947-1949, was born in Millen, Jenkins County, Georgia, in 1903. After a career as educator and public servant, Thompson was elected Lieutenant Governor for the term beginning January, 1947. Following the death of Governor-Elect Eugene Talmadge, shortly before his inauguration, Thompson became Acting Governor until the next scheduled general election.

During his term as Acting Governor, one of his contributions to the state was the acquiring of Jekyll Island for $675,000. The state acquired Jekyll Island by a court condemnation decree, a bargain which has been compared to the original purchase of Manhattan Island. Jekyll Island has proved to be one of Georgia's greatest assets as a year round resort area.
HM NumberHMB8T
Year Placed1963
Placed ByJekyll Island - State Park Authority
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 10:14am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 459788 N 3435766
Decimal Degrees31.05493333, -81.42145000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 3.296', W 81° 25.287'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 3' 17.76" N, 81° 25' 17.22" W
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Area Code(s)912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 301 Riverview Dr, Jekyll Island GA 31527, US
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