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This Day in Georgia History

October 28, 1831

Charles C. Jones, Jr. Born

Lawyer and historian Charles C. Jones, Jr. was born in Savannah. Obtaining and undergraduate degree from Princeton (1852) and a law degree from Harvard (1855), Jones practiced law in Savannah before being elected mayor in 1860. During the Civil War, he rose to rank of lieutenant colonel. After the war, he practiced law in New York City from 1866 to 1877, during which time he wrote 15 books or articles in history and archaeology. Jones returned to Georgia, where he practiced law in Augusta and continued to write. His most famous volume - History of Georgia (1883) - earned him praise from American historian George Bancroft. After Reconstruction, Jones argued on behalf of the Old South and the Confederate cause, while opposing the New South movement. He died in Augusta on July 19, 1893.