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Cedartown in Polk County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Ivy Ledbetter Lee

Founder of Modern Public Relations

 

—1877~1934 —

 
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By David Seibert, September 4, 2010
1. Ivy Ledbetter Lee Marker
Inscription. Ivy Ledbetter Lee, public relations expert, author, lecturer, and philanthropist, was born July 16, 1877, near Cedartown. He attended Emory College for two years and then went to Princeton, where he earned his A.B. in 1898, paying his way by working on university and New York newspapers. In January, 1899, he arrived in New York “with a raincoat, a diploma, and five dollars,” and found work as a reporter.

In 1904 pursuing his idea that Big Business needed better public relations, he opened a counseling office in New York. By 1915 he had begun a lifetime association as John D. Rockefeller’s publicity counsel, especially in Rockefeller’s widespread benevolences. Among Lee’s other clients were the Pennsylvania Railroad and Bethlehem Street, as well as numerous charities and churches to which he donated his services.

The founder of the profession of Public Relations, Ivy Lee, a Georgia gentleman who described himself as a “physician to corporate bodies,” believed that corporations should not conceal the truth from the press and that business leaders should not shun publicity. His principles helped to make American business more public-spirited and humanitarian. He died of a brain tumor in New York City, Nov. 8, 1934.
 
Erected 1965 by Georgia Historical Commission
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By David Seibert, September 4, 2010
2. Ivy Ledbetter Lee Marker
. (Marker Number 115-7.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 34° 0.811′ N, 85° 15.371′ W. Marker is in Cedartown, Georgia, in Polk County. Marker is on Prior Street 0 miles east of South College Street, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. The marker stands on the lawn of the Polk County Courthouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Prior Street, Cedartown GA 30125, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Polk County (within shouting distance of this marker); Sterling Holloway (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Big Spring Park (about 700 feet away); Georgia School for the Deaf (approx. 7.9 miles away); Davis & Dodge at Peek’s Spring (approx. 11.4 miles away); Logan’s 15th Corps at Swaintown (approx. 11.7 miles away); Medora Field Perkerson (approx. 13.1 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Ivy Ledbetter Lee. A Wikipedia biography of Lee. (Submitted on September 17, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 
 
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Ivy Ledbetter Lee Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, September 4, 2010
3. Ivy Ledbetter Lee Marker
The Polk County Courthouse is in the background.
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4. Ivy Ledbetter Lee
Ivy Ledbetter Lee Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, September 4, 2010
5. Ivy Ledbetter Lee Marker
This plaque is at the base of the Ivy Ledbetter Lee marker. It reads: Ivy Lee Day Dedication of Plaque and Ceremonies Sponsored by Atlanta Chapter, Public Relations Society of America October 6, 1965
Polk County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, September 4, 2010
6. Polk County Courthouse
The Ivy Ledbetter Lee markers stands on the courthouse lawn.
 
 
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