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This Day in Georgia History

July 06, 1886

Paul H. Hayne Died

Paul H. Hayne, often called the “poet laureate of the South,” died in Grovetown, Georgia. Born in Charleston in 1830, he had his first poem published at age 14. Before age 20, his poetry had appeared in the Southern Literary Gazette and several other literary publications. Hayne became editor of several publications but is more known for his poems and literary columns. In 1865, he moved to Augusta, where he continued to gain fame throughout the South for his poetry. Hayne came to feel that Georgia was his adopted home, and in 1883 Hayne wrote the poem, “Georgia! My Second Mother!” to mark the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Oglethorpe and the first colonists.