Historic District - North in Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Here rests James Habersham -- associate of George Whitefield and a leading merchant, planter, and public servant during Georgia's colonial era.
Mr. Habersham came to the colony in 1738 as a youthful follower of the Rev. Whitefield and collaborated with that eminent divine in the founding of Bethesda orphanage. he successfully administered the affairs of that institution during its early years. He established, in 1744, what developed into the most important commercial house in the Province, and became one of Geogia's largest planters.
During the colonial period he ably filled a number of important public positions, including provincial Secretary; President of His Majesty's Council for Georgia, and acting Governor of the Province during the absence of Sir James Wright, 1771-1773.
Though he disapproved Parliament's oppressive acts, Habersham remained firmly loyal to the Crown. Universally respected, he died, while visiting in New Jersey, August 28, 1775 -- his last days darkened by the shadow of the impending Revolutionary struggle which arrayed, in his words and in his own case, "father against son, and son against father."
Erected by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 25-15.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Colonial Era • Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1738.
Location. 32° 4.542′ N, 81° 5.386′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. It is in the Historic District - North. Marker can be reached from E. Oglethorpe Ave.. Located In Colonial Park (Cemetery). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Joseph Habersham (1751-1815) (here, next to this marker); Hugh McCall (1767-1823) (a few steps from this marker); Great Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1820 (within shouting distance of this marker); Gen. Samuel Elbert (1740-1788) (within shouting distance of this marker); Major John Berrien (within shouting distance of this marker); Button Gwinnett (within shouting distance of this marker); William Stephens (within shouting distance of this marker); Nathanael Greene, Maj. Gen., Continental Army (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
Related marker.another marker that is related to this marker. Marker for Colonial Park
Also see . . . Habersham Family. New Georgia Encyclopedia website entry:
James Habersham (ca. 1712-75) arrived in colonial Georgia from England in 1738. Habersham was prominent in the economic and political life of colonial Georgia. (Submitted on February 13, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
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