Cedartown in Polk County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Ivy Ledbetter Lee
Founder of Modern Public Relations
— 1877~1934 —
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
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. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1899.
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 walking distance of this marker. Hawkes Children's Library (within shouting distance of this marker); Polk County (within shouting distance of this marker); Polk County Confederate Monument (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Polk County Courthouses (about 400 feet away); Public Works and Buildings of Cedartown (about 400 feet away); Parker and Lundy (about 400 feet away); Cedartown's City Plan (about 400 feet away); Founding of Cedartown (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cedartown.
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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