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Bibb County Historical Markers

Birthplace of Sidney Lanier

  • Source: David Seibert
  • Source: David Seibert
  • Marker: Birthplace of Sidney Lanier
  • Location: 935 High Street, Macon


Sidney Lanier, poet, linguist, musician, mathematician & lawyer, was born in this cottage, Feb. 3, 1842. He graduated from Oglethorpe Univ. then at Milledgeville, served as a private in the Confederate Army and was captured while commanding a blockade runner. Lanier was married in 1867 to Mary Day of Macon where he practiced law with his father. Moving to Maryland he lectured at Johns Hopkins while carrying on his writing. He died at Lynn, N.C. Sept 7, 1881. Among his best known works are “The Marshes of Glynn” & “Song of the Chattahoochee.”

011-6 Georgia Historic Marker 1975