September 16, 1831
1831 Minister and educator Morgan Callaway was born in Washington, Georgia. While at the University of Georgia he joined the Baptist Church after attending a revival, though he later became a Methodist. He graduated in 1849 and then read law and was admitted to the bar in Augusta. Because of his father’s opposition to a career in law, Callaway decided to be an educator. In November 1860, he became president of the Methodist Church’s Andrew Female College in Cuthbert. In 1862, he resigned that post to join the Confederate Army. After the war, Callaway served as a Methodist minister in Washington, Georgia, and then as president of La Grange Female College. In 1872, he joined the faculty of Emory College in Oxford, first teaching Latin and then English. In 1882, Georgia Methodists--both black and white--launched a campaign to create Paine Institute in Augusta for training black youth to become leaders in the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church. Callaway was named president of the new school. However, before leaving Emory College, he preached a sermon in Oxford in which he indicated that he felt he had been called by God to work for the new black school. However, the sermon subsequently was printed and led to so much controversy that he resigned the presidency of the new school and returned to Emory College. Callaway served as Emory vice president until his death in 1899.
September 16, 1866
1866 Women’s religious leader Carrie Parks Johnson was born in Georgia. After graduating from LaGrange Female College in 1883, she married a Methodist preacher. In 1910, she became active in the Methodist Church as a founding member of the Women’s Missionary Council (WMC), chaired its Laity Committee, and served as a member of the Methodist General Board of Missions. Johnson promoted laity rights for women and was elected a delegate to the Methodist Church’s 1922 general conference. In 1920, she chaired the WMC’s Commission on Race Relations. Later that year, she began working with black women to promote interracial cooperation--a principle she was committed to until her death in 1929.
September 16, 1870
Georgia cities and towns incorporated by acts approved on Sept. 16: 1870 Clarkesville (Habersham County) and Euharlee (Bartow County)
September 16, 1891
Georgia cities and towns incorporated by acts approved on Sept. 16: 1891 Hapeville (Fulton County)
September 16, 1933
1933 Reporting on New Deal initiatives to end the Depression, newspapers announced that Georgia would be receiving 70 million dollars in federal funds to build roads and public projects in attempts to stimulate business recovery and ease unemployment.
September 16, 1996
1996 Atlanta Braves ace pitcher Greg Maddux established a Major League record by winning his 17th consecutive game on the road.
September 16, 2006
2006 R.E.M., Gregg Allman, Dallas Austin, Jermaine Dupri, and Felice Bryant were inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.