James Oglethorpe

James Edward Oglethorpe (1696 - 1785)

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Died in Cranham, Essex, Englandmap
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James Oglethorpe was born in Surrey, the son of Sir Theophilus Oglethorpe of Westbrook Place, Godalming, and his wife Eleanor. [1] James was concerned about prison reform for debtors. He founded the British Colony of Georgia, one of the original 13 colonies of the United States.[2] He also founded Savannah, Georgia in 1733.[3]


  • Oglethorpe County, Georgia is named in his honor.
  • Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, Georgia is a namesake, as well. The university incorporates as their motto Nescit Cedere from the Oglethorpe family crest. Lastly, "the distinctive Gothic revival architecture of the buildings on the main quad of the Oglethorpe campus was inspired by the alma mater of James Oglethorpe, Corpus Christi College, Oxford" University.


  1. "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch: 11 Feb 2018, Theophilus Oglethorp (sic) in entry for James Edward Oglethorp (sic), 22 Dec 1696; citing index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 560,371.
  2. Wikipedia: James Oglethorpe
  3. Library of Congress Name Authority File. Oglethorpe, James. Revised 22 Apr 2015; accessed 11 Dec 2018.

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On 20 Nov 2018 at 01:56 GMT Andrea (Stawski) Pack wrote:

Christening 23 December 1696 St.Martin In The Fields, London, England Burial Chancel Of Cranham Churches, Near Upminster, Essex, England. Son of Sir Theophilus Oglethorpe and Eleanor Wall. He married Elizabeth Wright 15 September 1744 at the King Henry VII Chapel, Westminster Abbey, Westminster, London, England. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/2:2:3S7D-T4X

On 20 Nov 2018 at 01:31 GMT Andrea (Stawski) Pack wrote:


English army officer, philanthropist, and founder of the British colony of Georgia in America. Oglethorpe returned to England in 1743, where he resumed his parliamentary career. He was born in London, England.

On 5 Jul 2018 at 02:00 GMT Mark Burch wrote:

wikipedia says his father is Theophilus Oglethorpe https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theophilus_Oglethorpe

On 13 Jan 2018 at 17:07 GMT John Simmons Jr, wrote:

James was married to Elizabeth Wright, the daughter and heir to the estate of Sir Nathan Wright of Cranham Manor in Essex. James and Elizabeth were married in 1744 in England.

On 13 Jan 2018 at 16:43 GMT John Simmons Jr, wrote:

James was the youngest of ten children. His father died in 1702. James was raised by his mother and older sisters. He lived during his early years at the family estate of Westbrook on the outskirts of Godalming. He attended classes at Eton and at Corpus Christi College Oxford.

James left England in 1716 to enroll in a militar academy in Paris, France. He later went to Austria to join Prince Eugene Savoy who was at that time leading the European defense against the Turks. In 1719 James returned to England and reentered Corpus Christi. The college honored him with a special M.A. degree in 1731 to recognize his work in Parliament on behalf of prison reform. He was elected to Parliament and the House of Commons in 1722

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