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This Day in Georgia History

September 11, 1892

Milton Luther Fleetwood Born

Milton Luther Fleetwood was born in Asheville, North Carolina. As a child, his family moved to Thomasville, Georgia, where he dropped out of high school to work for the Thomasville Times-Enterprise. In 1918, Fleetwood moved to Bartow County, where he got a job with the weekly Cartersville Tribune News. Two years later, he purchased the newspaper. In 1946, Fleetwood moved to a daily format for the newspaper. He also began editorializing for improving local government, soil and water conservation, and development of the Etowah River region. Fleetwood was an important force in encouraging the U.S. Corps of Army Engineers to construct the dam on the Etowah that created Lake Allatoona in 1946.