Cedartown in Polk County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Ivy Ledbetter Lee
Founder of Modern Public Relations
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 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 series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
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. Touch for map. The marker stands on the lawn of the Polk County Courthouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Prior Street, Cedartown GA 30125, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 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); Davis & Dodge at Peek’s Spring (approx. 11.4 miles away); Logan’s 15th Corps at Swaintown (approx. 11.7 miles away); Medora Field Perkerson (approx. 13.1 miles 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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