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 James Edward Oglethorpe

James Edward Oglethorpe

Birth
Godalming, Waverley Borough, Surrey, England
Death 30 Jun 1785 (aged 88)
Cranham, London Borough of Havering, Greater London, England
Burial Cranham, London Borough of Havering, Greater London, England
Memorial ID 7943026 · View Source
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Founder of Georgia, Founder of Savannah, Georgia. Oglethorpe came to America with dreams of founding a colony in the new world. He landed at Yamacraw Bluff along the Savannah River in 1733. Oglethorpe named the area Georgia in honor of King George. He laid out the plans for 24 public squares for the city of Savannah, considered by historians as being the first "planned city" in the U.S. The squares from his original plans still exist today. He is also called the Father of Savannah. In 1742, he successfully defended the colony against the Spaniards in the Battle of Bloody Marsh. He received the British rank of Brigadier General. He was also a member of the Member of the House of Commons in London from 1722 to 1754. He left Georgia for the final time in 1743. He died in 1785 in Cranham Hall, County Essex, England, and is buried at the Parish Church of All Saints.

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  • Originally Created by: Evening Blues
  • Added: 2 Oct 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7943026
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Edward Oglethorpe (22 Dec 1696–30 Jun 1785), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7943026, citing All Saints Churchyard, Cranham, London Borough of Havering, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .