James Edward Oglethorpe

Explore Georgia history through the story of Georgia’s most famous founding father, James Edward Oglethorpe. The biographical materials in this exhibit tell the story of Oglethorpe’s life with an emphasis on the founding of America’s thirteenth colony. Inside each chapter linked below, you will read about Oglethorpe’s life and explore images and other primary sources from the Georgia Historical Society collection.



Created in 2008 for the Georgia History Festival with funding from the City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs. Updated July 2016.