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

Georgia Historical Society

Founded 1839

 
 
Georgia Historical Society Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, March 9, 2008
1. Georgia Historical Society Marker
Inscription.  The Georgia Historical Society, founded May 24, 1839, is one of the oldest historical societies in the country. Among it founders were L.K. Tefft, the noted autograph collector; William Bacon Stevens, historian, physician and prelate, and Dr. Richard D. Arnold, who as Mayor of Savannah, formally surrendered the City to General Sherman in 1864.

The Presidents of the Society have included John Macpherson Berrien, Attorney General under President Jackson and United States Senator; James M. Wayne, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States; and Henry R. Jackson, jurist, soldier, diplomat and poet.

Hodgson Hall, the home of the Society, is a repository for books, newspapers and manuscripts relating to the history of Georgia. Dedicated in 1876, the building was a gift of Margaret Telfair Hodgson and Mary Telfair as a memorial to William Brown Hodgson, the distinguished scholar of Oriental languages and United States Dragoman and Consul to the Barbary States and Turkey.
 
Erected 1953 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 025-13.)
 
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historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicCharity & Public WorkGovernment & PoliticsWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #07 Andrew Jackson, and the Georgia Historical Society series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is May 24, 1662.
 
Location. 32° 4.226′ N, 81° 5.786′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. It is in the Historic District - South. Marker is at the intersection of Whitaker Street and Gaston Street, on the right when traveling south on Whitaker Street. Marker is located near the northwest corner of Forsythe Park. 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. Jepson House Education Center (a few steps from this marker); Savannah's Marine Corps Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Former Home of Henry R. Jackson (about 400 feet away); Comer House (about 600 feet away); Pulaski Monument
Georgia Historical Society Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, March 2008
2. Georgia Historical Society Marker
(about 600 feet away); Louis B. Toomer: Founder of Carver State Bank (about 600 feet away); Casimir Pulaski (about 700 feet away); Forsyth Park (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
 
Hodgson Hall, the home of the Georgia Historical Society, and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, September 15, 2013
3. Hodgson Hall, the home of the Georgia Historical Society, and Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 8, 2023. It was originally submitted on March 12, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,169 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 26, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   2. submitted on March 12, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   3. submitted on September 15, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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