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

Wright Square

 
 
Wright Square Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
1. Wright Square Marker
Inscription. This Square, which was laid out in 1733, was originally named for John Percival, Earl of Egmont, who played a large part in founding the Colony of Georgia. Its name was changed around 1763 to Wright Square in honor of James Wright, Royal Governor of the Province of Georgia (1760-1782).

In the Town Hall which was located on the present site of the Chatham County Courthouse, George Whitefield, Church of England Minister at Savannah, preached to large congregations in early Colonial days.

In 1739, Tomo-Chi-Chi, the Chief of the Yamacraw Indians, who befriended the early Georgia Colonists, was buried with ceremony in the center of this Square. General Oglethorpe acting as one of the pallbearers.

The monument to William Washington Gordon (1796-1842) commemorates the founder and first President of Georgia’s earliest railroad, the Central Railroad and Banking Company - an enterprise which greatly promoted the economy of this State. Designed by the distinguished architects, Henry Van Brunt and Frank M. Howe, the handsome monument to Gordon symbolizes the progress and prosperity of the world by means of commerce, manufacture, agriculture, and art. It was completed in 1883.
 
Erected 1958 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 25-69.)
 
Marker series.
Wright Square Marker, Gordon Monument in background image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
2. Wright Square Marker, Gordon Monument in background
This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 32° 4.674′ N, 81° 5.511′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker is at the intersection of Bull Street and President's Street, on the right when traveling north on Bull Street. Touch for map. Marker is located in Wright Square; on Bull Street, between State and York Streets. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lutheran Church Of The Ascension (a few steps from this marker); Tomo-Chi-Chi's Grave (within shouting distance of this marker); Savannah's First Burying Ground (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse (about 300 feet away); Gen. James Jackson Home Site (about 400 feet away); Birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low (about 400 feet away); James Moore Wayne, 1790-1867 (about 400 feet away); "Tyrants Fall In Every Foe Liberty's In Every Blow" (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
 
Also see . . .
1. Sir James Wright. Famous Americans (Submitted on March 19, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. New Georgia Encyclopedia. Tomochichi (ca. 1644-1739) (Submitted on March 19, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
William Washington Gordon Monument at Center of the Square image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, March 2008
3. William Washington Gordon Monument at Center of the Square
 

3. Savannah City Guide:Wright Square...Courtesy of Best Read Guide. (Submitted on March 19, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
 
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Monument Detail image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, March 2008
4. Monument Detail
Central RailRoad's first President
Main Gordon Tribute image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, March 2008
5. Main Gordon Tribute
"William Washington Gordon Born June 17, 1796 Died March 20 1842 The Pioneer Of Works Of Internal Improvement In His Native State And First President Of The Central Rail Road And Banking Company Of Georgia To Which He Gave His Time His Talents And Finally His Life"
Gordon Tribute 2 image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, March 2008
6. Gordon Tribute 2
" Erected A.D. 1882 By The Central Railroad And Banking Company Of Georgia In Honor Of A Brave Man + A Faithful And Devoted Officer And To Preserve His Name In The Grateful Remembrance Of His Fellow Citizens "
Tomochichi, Marker as mentioned image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 2008
7. Tomochichi, Marker as mentioned
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 19, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,193 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on July 13, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   2. submitted on November 14, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on March 19, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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