Georgia Botanical Society

Georgia Botanical Society

In 1926 the Georgia Botanical Society was founded in Atlanta by Eugene Scofield Heath with the following goals: to promote the understanding and appreciation of plants and their relationship to the environment; to undertake or support the setting apart of appropriate areas in Georgia for the preservation of native and cultivated flora; to encourage the protection of rare and endangered plant species and significant botanical habitats; and
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Carl Vinson (1883-1981)

Carl Vinson (1883-1981)

Carl Vinson, recognized as "the father of the two-ocean navy," served twenty-five consecutive terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. When he retired in January 1965, he had served in the U.S. Congress longer than anyone in history. He also set the record for service as chair of a standing committee. He chaired the House Naval Affairs Committee for sixteen years (1931-47) and its successor, the House Armed Services Committee, for fourteen years (1949-53 and 1955-65).
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Thomas Holley Chivers (1809-1858)

Thomas Holley Chivers (1809-1858)

Thomas Holley Chivers, poet and physician, published eleven volumes of poetry, plays, and pamphlets. He also contributed to leading antebellum literary periodicals and newspapers, especially the Georgia Citizen, and wrote a biography of Edgar Allan Poe, his friend and kindred spirit. Nevertheless, the eccentric Georgia writer never achieved the critical acclaim that he craved.
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Vereen Bell (1911-1944)

Vereen Bell (1911-1944)

Vereen Bell wrote fiction and magazine articles set in the southern outdoors, and he achieved popular success with Swamp Water, a coming-of-age novel set in the Okefenokee Swamp. A World War II (1941-45) naval officer, Bell was killed during the Battle for Leyte Gulf.
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Berry Fleming (1899-1989)

Berry Fleming (1899-1989)

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Bailey White (b. 1950)

Bailey White (b. 1950)

Bailey White first achieved popularity reading her local color essays on National Public Radio. Her distinctive, gravelly voice and her gift for portraying eccentric people and unusual situations with a gently self-deprecating wit won her a national following. White has published two essay collections (Mama Makes Up Her Mind and Sleeping at the Starlite Hotel) and one novel (Quite a Year for Plums), and her work has appeared as well in numerous periodicals.
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John Rollin Ridge (1827-1867)

John Rollin Ridge (1827-1867)

John Rollin Ridge (also known as Cheesquatalawny and Yellow Bird), considered the first Native American novelist, was born near New Echota (near the present city of Rome) on March 19, 1827. His grandfather Major Ridge, his father, John Ridge, and his uncles Elias Boudinot (Buck Watie) and Stand Watie led the Cherokee "Treaty Party," which signed a removal agreement at New Echota in 1835.
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Judson Mitcham (b. 1948)

Judson Mitcham (b. 1948)

An award-winning poet and novelist, Judson Mitcham was named poet laureate of Georgia in 2012. His writings, which examine basic human themes within the specific landscape of Georgia, are both poignant and powerful.
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Larry Rubin (b. 1930)

Larry Rubin (b. 1930)

Larry Jerome Rubin has published hundreds of poems in literary magazines and four volumes of selected verse since he came to Atlanta in 1950 and began his long academic career as an English professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1956.
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Kathryn Stripling Byer (1944-2017)

Kathryn Stripling Byer (1944-2017)

Poet and essayist Kathryn Stripling Byer was a native of Georgia but set most of her poems in the mountains of North Carolina. Creating an identity that was both distinct and in line with the concerns of southern culture, Byer reclaimed in her poetry the traditions, customs, and voices of past Appalachian women. In doing so, she defined herself as an artist and, at the same time, addressed the concerns of women in today's South.
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