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This Day in Georgia History

May 18, 1791

George Washington Arrived in Augusta

Pres. George Washington left Waynesboro for the final leg of his journey to Augusta. Approaching Georgia’s capital city, the presidential party was met by a host committee headed by Gov. Edward Telfair and George Walton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. On his first day in Augusta, Washington was guest of honor at a spectacular dinner hosted by Gov. Edward Telfair. That evening, Mrs. Telfair hosted a gala ball, which the president attended.