Origin of Name Named for King George II of
England. Area (rank) 59,551 sq mi (24th). Population
(rank) 9,992,167 (8th). Capital
Atlanta. Ratified Constitution (rank) January 2,
Symbols of Georgia
Pogo, created by cartoonist Walt Kelly, was designated
the official state 'Possum in 1992. Other symbols include
the brown thrasher, the peanut, quartz, Plains High
School, and Vidalia onions.
Dates in Georgia
1540 Hernando de Soto passed through Georgia. 1733
James Oglethorpe founded Savannah. 1788 Georgia
ratified the Constitution. 1864 Union troops
captured Atlanta. 1976 Former Governor Jimmy
Carter was elected President.
served as Governor of Georgia from 1943 to 1947. Although
a very successful and popular Governor,he is often most
remembered for being forcibly evicted from his office
after a strange sequence of events surrounding the
election of his successor.
was well known in Georgia due to her active management of
her husband's congressional campaigns and political
writings, but was virtually unknown outside of that state
until 1922, when she became the first woman to officially
hold a seat in the U.S. Senate.
led an effort to reform England's prison system, and then
helped found Georgia as a haven for England's
Mountain Confederate Memorial
is a huge relief carving of Confederate heroes Robert E.
Lee, "Stonewall" Jackson, and Jefferson Davis
on the face of a mountain near Atlanta. Begun in 1923,
creative differences, fundraising difficulties, and two
world wars delayed its completion until 1972.
is the seat of Dougherty County. It was founded by
Connecticut businessman Nelson Tift in 1836, and
incorporated in 1838. The Marine Corps Logistics Base is
located on the eastern outskirts of the city.
is one of the leading seaports of the Southeastern United
States, despite being 18 miles inland. It was founded by
James Oglethorpe in 1733, and was the first planned city
in the country. Union General William Tecumseh Sherman
captured the city in 1864.