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Historic District - North in Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Savannah: Colonial Capital and Birthplace of

Representative Government in Georgia

 
 
Savannah: Colonial Capital and Birthplace of Representative Government in Georgia Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, February 2008
1. Savannah: Colonial Capital and Birthplace of Representative Government in Georgia Marker
Inscription.  
In March 1750, the Georgia Trustees in London resolved to allow colonists to elect a representative assembly to meet in Savannah, Georgia's colonial capitol. Sixteen delegates met on January 15,1751, for a twenty-four day session. Representative government continued in 1755 in the Commons House of Assembly, which by 1770 began meeting in a building on the southeast lot of Reynolds Square. In 1777, the new state constitution provided for an elected House Assembly. The Georgia constitution of 1789 expanded the legislature to two houses, known as the General Assembly.
 
Erected 2002 by Georgia Historical Society and the Office of the Secretary of State. (Marker Number 25-13.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraGovernment & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1862.
 
Location. 32° 4.742′ N, 81° 5.368′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. It is in the Historic District - North. Marker
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is at the intersection of E. Congress St. and Abercorn St. when traveling east on E. Congress St.. located in Reynolds Square. 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. Lucas Theatre (a few steps from this marker); John Wesley (within shouting distance of this marker); Wesley Chapel Trinity / John Wesley's American Parish (within shouting distance of this marker); Italians in Georgia's Genesis (within shouting distance of this marker); John Wesley, 1703 - 1791 (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Filature (within shouting distance of this marker); The Oliver Sturges House (within shouting distance of this marker); Christ Church Parish House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
 
Also see . . .  Trustee Georgia, 1732-1752. New Georgia Encyclopedia website entry:
"The first twenty years of Georgia history are referred to as Trustee Georgia because during that time a Board of Trustees governed the colony." (Submitted on February 28, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Savannah: Colonial Capital and Birthplace of Marker at Reynolds Square, Savannah image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, 2008
2. Savannah: Colonial Capital and Birthplace of Marker at Reynolds Square, Savannah
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 8, 2023. It was originally submitted on February 28, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,953 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on February 28, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   2. submitted on November 16, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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