Jekyll Island in Glynn County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Enigma of the Island
Pulitzer-Albright Cottage Site
— Jekyll Island Museum —
Joseph Pulitzer was one of the first 53 charter members of the Jekyll Island Club. He purchased his shares from Newton Finney, the Club’s mastermind.
Among the members of the Club, Pulitzer was an anomaly. He was a Democrat, whereas most of his fellow members were Republicans. He was also a recent immigrant, in the midst of many well established families, such as the Vanderbilts, Rockefellers, and Morgans.
Pulitzer was typically outspoken in his newspapers against the Industrial Giants of the late nineteenth century, looking out for the working class and poor. As a consequence Pulitzer’s newspapers were banned from a number of the elite New York Gentlemen’s Clubs.
At every turn Pulitzer seemed completely opposed to the beliefs of the typical member of the Jekyll Island Club. So why was he here? Was it better to keep your enemies closer than your friends? Or was it as William Jennings Bryan once said “… now that he has acquired wealth he is just like the rest of the capitalists“?
His Island Paradise
Joseph Pulitzer constructed a cottage
Pulitzer’s cottage was rather eclectic. His house did not reflect the vacation atmosphere of the island nor of any high-style architectural trends of the time. It rambled aimlessly as Pulitzer continued to build additions and make improvements to the house.
Erected by Friends of Historic Jekyll Island, Inc.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Places.
Location. 31° 3.301′ N, 81° 25.295′ W. Marker is in Jekyll Island, Georgia, in Glynn County. Marker can be reached from Riverview Drive 0.1 miles north of Stable Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jekyll Island GA 31527, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. M.E. Thompson and the Purchase of Jekyll Island (a few steps from this marker); All Work and No Play (about 600 feet away, measured The Infirmary / Furness Cottage (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Boat House Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jekyll Island Boat House Site, Shipshape for the Season (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Transcontinental Call (approx. 0.2 miles away); Morgan Tennis Court (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Sans Souci (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jekyll Island.
Also see . . .
1. Cottage of J. Pulitzer (photo). Digital Library of Georgia (Submitted on September 10, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida.)
2. Jekyll Island Museum. (Submitted on September 12, 2020.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 10, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 39 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 10, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. 6, 7, 8. submitted on September 17, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.