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Jekyll Island in Glynn County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

M.E. Thompson and the Purchase of Jekyll Island

 
 
M.E. Thompson and the Purchase of Jekyll Island Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2009
1. M.E. Thompson and the Purchase of Jekyll Island Marker
Inscription. Melvin E. Thompson, Acting Governor, 1947-1949, was born in Millen, Jenkins County, Georgia, in 1903. After a career as educator and public servant, Thompson was elected Lieutenant Governor for the term beginning January, 1947. Following the death of Governor-Elect Eugene Talmadge, shortly before his inauguration, Thompson became Acting Governor until the next scheduled general election.

During his term as Acting Governor, one of his contributions to the state was the acquiring of Jekyll Island for $675,000. The state acquired Jekyll Island by a court condemnation decree, a bargain which has been compared to the original purchase of Manhattan Island. Jekyll Island has proved to be one of Georgia's greatest assets as a year round resort area.
 
Erected 1963 by Jekyll Island - State Park Authority.
 
Location. 31° 3.296′ N, 81° 25.287′ W. Marker is in Jekyll Island, Georgia, in Glynn County. Marker is on Riverview Drive near Old Village Road, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jekyll Island GA 31527, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Boat House Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jekyll Island Boat House Site, Shipshape for the Season
M.E. Thompson and the Purchase of Jekyll Island Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2009
2. M.E. Thompson and the Purchase of Jekyll Island Marker
(approx. 0.2 miles away); First Transcontinental Call (approx. 0.2 miles away); Men of Means (approx. mile away); Jekyll Island Club Wharf (approx. mile away); The Skeet House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Evolution of Elegance (approx. 0.3 miles away); Up In Smoke (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Jekyll Island.
 
Also see . . .
1. Jekyll Island. At the end of November 1910, Senator Nelson W. Aldrich and Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Department A.P. Andrews, along with many of the country's leading financiers; who together represented about one-fourth of the world's wealth, arrived at the Jekyll Island Club to discuss monetary policy and the banking system, an event which some say was the impetus for the creation of the Federal Reserve. a Historic District registered with National Historic Landmark Status in 1978 (Submitted on March 20, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. Jekyll Island Historic District. National Park Service (Submitted on March 20, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. 20th Century
 
M.E. Thompson and the Purchase of Jekyll Island Marker, along Riverview Dr . beside Jekyll River image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, March 18, 2009
3. M.E. Thompson and the Purchase of Jekyll Island Marker, along Riverview Dr . beside Jekyll River
Melvin E. Thompson image. Click for full size.
By New Georgia Encyclopedia
4. Melvin E. Thompson
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 685 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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