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This Day in Georgia History

March 28, 1722

Oglethorpe Elected to Parliament

James Oglethorpe was elected to the House of Commons from Haslemere, a Surrey town near Godalming (where the Oglethorpe’s Westbrook Manor estate was situated) where Oglethorpe owned various properties. This was the same parliamentary seat that his father and one of his older brothers had held.It was as a member of Parliament that Oglethorpe became interested in the plight of imprisoned English debtors - a major factor leading to the founding of the colony of Georgia.

To view a publication on James Oglethorpe, see the Digital Library of Georgia.