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This Day in Georgia History

July 23, 1881

Robert Preston Brooks Born

Educator Robert Preston Brooks was born in Milledgeville, Georgia. Attending Georgia Military College for two years (1899-1900), he completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Georgia in 1904. That year Brooks became the first Georgian to win a Rhodes Scholarship and attended Oxford University in England, where he graduated in 1907. In 1911, he entered the University of Wisconsin, where he obtained a doctorate after just over one year of study. In 1912, Brooks accepted a faculty position with the University of Georgia, where he wrote a Georgia history textbook for use in public schools. In 1920, Brooks became dean of the University’s School of Commerce, which eventually became the College of Business Administration. For the next 32 years, he held numerous top administrative positions at the University of Georgia and authored many publications about Georgia and UGA history.