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This Day in Georgia History

July 14, 1787

Tomlinson Fort Born

Doctor, politician, banker, and education proponent Tomlinson Fort was born in Warrenton, Georgia. In 1809, he received one term of medical training at the University of Pennsylvania and returned to Georgia to practice medicine for over four decades. He was instrumental in the formation of the Medical College of Georgia.and the state lunatic asylum. He served on the boards of trustees of the University of Georgia and Oglethorpe University. Fort also served in the Georgia House of Representatives (1819-1825) and in Congress (1827-29). He was president of the Central Bank of Georgia for almost a decade, during which time he helped finance construction of the Western and Atlantic Railroad. Fort died on May 11, 1859, and was buried in Memory Hill Cemetery in Milledgeville.