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1847 Atlanta pioneer Jonathan Norcross made a presentation to an Atlanta town meeting that an effort be launched to encourage the General Assembly to move the state capital from Milledgeville to Atlanta.
1862 In response to a lack of salt in Georgia, the Georgia General Assembly authorized the governor to arrange for salt to be transported to Georgia from Saltville, Va., and if necessary "to impress a sufficient number of engines and cars" from any Georgia railroads and secure the needed salt.
1867 Chemist and football coach Charles Herty was born in Milledgeville. He obtained an undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and a doctorate from Johns Hopkins University before undertaking research in Europe. Returning, he accepted a position at the University of Georgia in 1891. The next year, observing that there were no organized sports programs at the university, Herty organized and coached the first football team in 1892. He went on to become the first director of athletics and is considered the father of intercollegiate sports at the University of Georgia.
But, Herty's greatest accomplishments were yet to come. In 1932, he set up a laboratory in Savannah to research use of Georgia pine trees. He developed a revolutionary process for obtain pine resin without killing the tree. More importantly, he pioneered the technology for using pine chips to make Kraft paper – the brown paper used in making cardboard boxes – and to bleach it for use as newsprint and other types of white paper. Herty's achievements made possible southeast Georgia's multi-million dollar paper industry, for which he is known as the father of the southern paper and pulp industry. His legacy lives on in the form of the Herty Foundation's Research and Development Center. Herty died in Savannah on July 27, 1938.
1893 Gov. William Northen approved an act proposing a constitutional amendment to increase the Georgia Supreme Court from 3 to 5 justices.
1915 After the Ku Klux Klan was revived atop Stone Mountain on Thanksgiving night, the Klan received a charter in Fulton County from the state of Georgia to function as a corporate fraternal order. Membership would be open to American-born, white, Protestant males aged 16 or older.
1968 The Atlanta Braves acquired Houston third baseman Bob Aspromonte in exchange for Braves infielder Marty Martinez.
1982 University of Georgia running back Herschel Walker was awarded the Heisman Trophy, the most prestigious recognition to a college football player. Walker, only the seventh junior in history to receive the Heisman Trophy, would forego his senior year at Georgia to go professional with the New Jersey Generals of the new U.S. Football League.
Georgia towns and cities created by acts approved on Dec. 4
1893: Auburn (then Gwinnett now Barrow County), Louvale (Stewart County),and the Village of Warm Springs (Meriwether County)
In Their Own Words on This Day . . .
1744 In his journal entry for this day, Georgia president William Stephens turned to some common troubles for colonial Georgians, the unpredictable weather and the prevalence of alcohol:
Source: E. Merton Coulter (ed.), The Journal of William Stephens, 1743-1745 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1959), pp. 176-177.
1765 Writing to Georgia's colonial agent in England, Savannah merchant James Habersham expressed his displeasure with rebellious activities in the colonies, but also voiced opposition to the Stamp Act which had the colonists so upset:
Source: Collections of the Georgia Historical Society, Vol. VI, The Letters of the Hon. James Habersham, 1756-1775 (Savannah: Georgia Historical Society, 1904), pp. 49-50.
1864 Sherman's secretary, Maj. Henry Hitchcock, wrote in his diary:
Source: M.A. DeWolfe Howe (ed.), Marching with Sherman: Passages from the Letters and Campaign Diaries of Henry Hitchcock, Major and Assistant Adjutant General of Volunteers, November 1864-May 1865 (Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, 1995), pp. 136-139.
For more, see This Week in Georgia Civil War History.
1864 Enoch John made the last entry in his diary, or at least the last to survive, as he and his fellow Texas Rangers who had been trailing Sherman's army were ordered elsewhere:
Source: Diary of Cpl Enoch John
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