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James Edward Oglethorpe (1696-1785) Historical Marker - Savannah, GA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member onfire4jesus
N 32° 04.549 W 081° 05.602
17S E 491188 N 3548843
Quick Description: This historical marker is located in the Chippewa Square in Savannah, GA.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 6/3/2008 2:16:28 PM
Waymark Code: WM3Y3Y
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Lat34North
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Long Description:
The marker reads:
"James Edward Oglethorpe (1696-1785)

The monument in this Square to James Edward Oglethorpe - the great soldier-philanthropist who founded the colony of Georgia - was erected by the State of Georgia, the City of Savannah and various Patriotic Societies. Impressive ceremonies marked its unveiling in 1910.

The 9 foot bronze statue of Oglethorpe is the work of one of America's foremost sculptors, the celebrated Daniel Chester French. He has depicted the Founder of Georgia in the full dress of a British general of the period. Oglethorpe is prtrayed with sword in hand; alert and ready for council or action. At his feet is a palmetto frond. the statue faces southward symbolizing the threat of Spain's imperial ambitions to the young colony.

The pedestal and base of the monument were designed by Henry Bacon, the eminent New York architect whose collaborations with Daniel Chester French include the Lincoln Memorial. The four lions at the corners of the lower base hold shields on which appear, respectively, the coat of arms of Oglethorpe and the great seals of the Colony of Georgia, the State, and the City of Savannah. On the pedestal of the monument is carved a portion of the text of the charter which was granted by Parliment in 1732 to "the Trustees for establishing the colony of Georgia in America."

025-45 Georgia Historical Commission 1957"
Type of Marker: Park

Marker #: 025-45

Date: 1957

Sponsor: Not listed

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