Franklin Miller Garrett Official historian of Atlanta, Georgia, author
Sept. 25, 1906-March 5, 2000
Franklin Miller Garrett was Atlanta's only official historian. Having moved there in 1914, Garrett chronicled the city's growth from simply a "big town" to an international city.
In the 1930s, Garrett transcribed every cemetery within 30 miles of downtown, most of this travel was done on his bicycle. He used the information to create a listing of almost every white male who had settled in Atlanta. This study was published in the book "Atlanta and Environs: A Chronicle of Its People and Events: Years of Change and Challenge, 1940-1976."
His knowledge was so vast, the Atlanta History Center often held "Stump Franklin" nights when people asked questions on Atlanta's history in an attempt to "stump" him. Today, the Center's The Garrett Scholars Lecture Series are named in his honor.
He also wrote "Yesterday's Atlanta," and part of the book "Buckhead: A Place For All Time." He was listed in many Who's Who publications for decades.
Franklin Garrett's love of Atlanta also included the historic Oakland Cemetery, which he studied for the last 50 years of his life. He was buried there, in a location beside the Watch House. His stone's inscription reads: "Atlanta's official historian, author and Southern gentleman."
Without his research, much of the history of Atlanta may have been lost.