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James Oglethorpe

Personal data
Date of birth22 December 1696
Place of birthSurrey, England
Date of death30 June 1785(age 88)
Place of deathCranham, England
SpouseMary Oglethorpe
Alma materEton College, Trinity College, Cambridge
ProfessionStatesman, soldier
ReligionAnglican
Governor of Georgia
In office1732 - 1743
Succeeded byWilliam Stephens
Preceded byNone, Office created

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James Edward Oglethorpe (22 December 1696 30 June 1785) was a British general, member of Parliament, philanthropist, and founder of the colony of Georgia. As a social reformer, he hoped to resettle Britain's poor, especially those in debtors' prisons, in the New World.


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