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This Day in Georgia History

June 29, 1785

Oglethorpe Near Death

Six months away from his 89th birthday, James Edward Oglethorpe lay near death in his Cranham Hall estate east of London (see June 27, 1785 entry). Just over 3 weeks earlier, he had met with U.S. Ambassador John Adams in London. Now, his condition weakened by the hour, as doctors were unable to help the aged general. Interestingly, London-area newspapers had yet to mention Oglethorpe’s illness, which suggests his sickness or condition struck suddenly.

To view a publication on James Oglethorpe, see the Digital Library of Georgia.