James Edward Oglethorpe (1696-1785)

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Original Pub. Date: Feb. 17, 2018. Last Update: Feb. 17, 2018.

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James Edward Oglethorpe (1696-1785) Thomas Bray (1656-1730)

On Feb. 2, 1733 after being granted a royal charter for the area between the Savannah and Altamaha Rivers last June 9, Godalming, Surrey-born Oxford-educated Methodist Ga. gov. #1 (1732-43) James Edward Oglethorpe (1696-1785) along with some Moravian Protestants land in Savannah, and found the colony of Jaw-Jaw, er, Georgia (Ga.) (named after George II of England) as a refuge for debtors and criminals after getting the idea from English Anglican clergyman Thomas Bray (1656-1730); he leads 120 colonists to the colony, then with surveyor col. William C. Bull lays out the capital city of Savannah (modern-day pop. 136K/384K) on the coast in a geometrical pattern with 22 squares, starting with Johnson Square on Bull St. between Bryan and Congress Sts.; the colony tries to be both a military buffer against Spanish Fla. and a philanthropic experiment for the poor and persecuted.

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