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This Day in Georgia History

July 05, 1885

Mauney D. Collins Born

Mauney D. Collins, noted proponent of public education in the first half of the 20th century, was born in Union County, Georgia. He became state school superintendent in 1933 and headed the Georgia Department of Education for 25 years - longer than anyone in history. Under his leadership, Georgia public schools got a twelfth grade, school lunch program, rural school libraries, a teachers retirement system, increased vocational education, a nine-month school year, and many other progressive changes. M.D. Collins also is remembered for his motto, “Education does not cost–it pays.”

To view an image of Mauney D. Collins, see the Digital Library of Georgia.