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Dr. Wm. A. Caruthers (1802-46)

Early American Novelist

 
 
Dr. Wm. A. Caruthers (1802~46) Early American Novelist Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 2008
1. Dr. Wm. A. Caruthers (1802~46) Early American Novelist Marker
Inscription. One block west of this marker -- at the northwest corner of Hull and Whitaker Streets -- stood, formerly, the residence of William Alexander Caruthers, Virginia's earliest significant novelist. He resided in Savannah for several years before his death in 1846. Dr. Caruthers, who married Louisa Catherine Gibson of Whitemarsh Island, Chatham County, moved in 1837 to this city where he successfully practiced medicine. He took a prominent part in affairs in Savannah as a realtor; was one of the founders of the Georgia Historical Society and while an Alderman, 1841-1844, was instrumental in giving Savannahians direct election of their Mayors.

As one of the South's pioneering historical romancers, Caruthers rewrote and first published at Savannah his last and finest novel, "The Knights of the Golden Horse-Shoe" (1841), one of the earliest novels to be published in book form in Georgia. His first novel, "The Kentuckian in New-York" (1834), contains an admiring description of Savannah. Dr. Caruthers died of tuberculosis at Marietta, Ga., in 1846 and is buried there in an unlocated grave in St. James' churchyard.
 
Erected 1954 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 025-31.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission
Dr. Wm. A. Caruthers Marker near W. Hull St image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, November 9, 2008
2. Dr. Wm. A. Caruthers Marker near W. Hull St
marker series.
 
Location. 32° 4.567′ N, 81° 5.592′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker is at the intersection of Hull Street and Bull Street, on the left when traveling west on Hull Street. Click for map. Marker located in Chippewa Square on Bull, between Hull and Perry Streets. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Original Presbyterian Meeting House (within shouting distance of this marker); James Edward Oglethorpe (within shouting distance of this marker); First Baptist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Independent Presbyterian Church (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named First Baptist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Lowell Mason 1792- 1872 (within shouting distance of this marker); Savannah Theatre (within shouting distance of this marker); Original 1733 Burial Plot (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Savannah.
 
Also see . . .  Works by William Alexander Caruthers. (Submitted on March 2, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
 
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Dr. Wm. A. Caruthers Marker at Chippewa Square in Savannah image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
3. Dr. Wm. A. Caruthers Marker at Chippewa Square in Savannah
 
 
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