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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
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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. (Marker Number 115-7.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list.
 
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. The marker stands on the lawn of the Polk County Courthouse. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Prior Street, Cedartown GA 30125, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 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); Trail of Tears Cherokee (approx. 0.2 miles away); Georgia School for the Deaf (approx. 7.9 miles away); Site of Bluffton (approx. 10.8 miles away in Alabama); Davis & Dodge at Peek’s Spring (approx. 11.4 miles away); Logan’s 15th Corps at Swaintown (approx. 11.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cedartown.
 
Also see . . .
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By David Seibert, September 4, 2010
3. Ivy Ledbetter Lee Marker
The Polk County Courthouse is in the background.
 Ivy Ledbetter Lee. A Wikipedia biography of Lee. (Submitted on September 17, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 
 
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Library of Congress
4. Ivy Ledbetter Lee
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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
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By David Seibert, September 4, 2010
6. Polk County Courthouse
The Ivy Ledbetter Lee markers stands on the courthouse lawn.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 17, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 16, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,143 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 16, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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