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This Day in Georgia History

July 19, 1827

George Wimberly Jones DeRenne Born

George Wimberley Jones DeRenne was born in Philadelphia, Penn. He would obtain an undergraduate degree in 1845, a medical diploma in 1847, and a masters degree in 1848. Though raised and educated in Pennsylvania, DeRenne descended from Noble Jones, and in 1857 he inherited Wormsloe, the Jones family plantation near Savannah. His love of history led him to collect numerous rare books, maps, engravings, and manuscripts. His entire collection was lost to Sherman’s troops during the Civil War, but afterwards he began building a new collection that ultimately totaled over 10,000 different items and formed the most complete collection related to early Georgia history. In 1938, the University of Georgia Library acquired the DeRenne collection from his descendants. Today, these important records and documents comprise the Wymberly Jones DeRenne Georgia Collection within the University of Georgia’s Hargrett Library.