JOSEPH VALLENCE BEVAN ( 1798 1830 ) Georgias First Official Historian There Was ...
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Description: JOSEPH VALLENCE BEVAN ( 1798 1830 ) Georgias First Official Historian There was " None . No none ! " reads the epitaph on his tomb . " Against Whose Name the Recording Angel Would More Reluctantly Have Written Down Condemnation . " Born at Dublin , Ireland , son of a Georgia planter , Joseph V . Bevan attended the Univ . of Georgia for two years and graduated in 1816 from the College of S . C . after which he enlarged his education in England . There he became the friend of the celebrated William Godwin who wrote the young Georgian a widely published letter suggesting a course of studies . In 1824 Bevan became the first official historian of Georgia . The Legislature empowered him to collect and publish the papers and documents in the State archives . This he did with method and industry and was the first to recognize the importance of copying the Colonial records of Georgia in London . Bevan served Chatham County in the Legislature in 1827 . A former editor of the Augusta Chronicle , he became in 1828 co editor and co publisher of the Savannah Georgian . His projected history of Georgia was never completed , death cutting short the career of the popular Savannahian at the age of thirty two . 025 85 Georgia Historical Commission 1964
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