Collier, Charles Augustus
Banker, politician, and promoter Charles Augustus Collier was born in Atlanta, Georgia on July 19, 1848. Attending the University of Georgia, he obtained an undergraduate degree in 1869 and a law degree two years later. Though admitted to the bar, Collier quickly embarked on a career in banking and investment. In the late 1880s, he managed one of Atlanta’s most important banks, in addition to serving as president of several companies. Collier served terms on both the Atlanta City Council and the Fulton County Commission, additionally serving as Atlanta mayor (1897-99). Collier also served as president of the Piedmont Exposition (1887) and the Cotton States and International Exposition (1895). In 1900, President McKinley named Collier to the 12-member U.S. commission to the Paris Exposition. Collier died in his hometown of Atlanta on September 28, 1900.