This Day in Georgia History
March 10, 1735
Oglethorpe Petitioned Parliament for Funding
In the House of Commons, James Oglethorpe presented the Trustees’ petition for Parliamentary funding of Georgia. Oglethorpe, who still held his Haslemere seat in Commons, had returned from Georgia to help marshall financial support for the colony, which had quickly evolved from a humanitarian enterprise to a military buffer to protect England’s southern colonies from Spanish, French, and Indian attack. On the floor of the House of Commons, the Trustees’ petition was seconded and then sent to committee.