John James Augustus Sharp

John James Augustus Sharp

Birth
Pickens County, South Carolina, USA
Death 6 Oct 1896 (aged 68)
Waleska, Cherokee County, Georgia, USA
Burial Waleska, Cherokee County, Georgia, USA
Memorial ID 59447928 · View Source
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Founded Reinhardt University with brother-in-law, Augustus Michael Reinhardt in 1883.

John J.A. Sharp, who was born on March 6, 1828, the oldest of fourteen children. He and his two brothers moved to Cherokee County from South Carolina in approximately 1855. The trio settled in the Waleska community to establish a store, a cotton gin and a tobacco factory.

Sharp served four years as a lieutenant colonel during the Civil War and was wounded in North Carolina in March 1865. After the war, he reorganized his Cherokee County mercantile business and began to play an active role in educating the local children, organizing a debating society and local lodge of the Georgia Christian Temperance Union, and loaning books for area children to take home and read.

Sharp married Mary Reinhardt, A.M. Reinhardt's sister. Like A.M. Reinhardt, Sharp took an interest in politics, serving in the state legislature from 1865-66 and from 1875-76. He also became Waleska's first mayor when the town received a state charter in 1889.



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  • Created by: B
  • Added: 30 Sep 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 59447928
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John James Augustus Sharp (6 Mar 1828–6 Oct 1896), Find a Grave Memorial no. 59447928, citing Dogwood Hills Community Church Cemetery, Waleska, Cherokee County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by B (contributor 46971304) .