Remembering FDR’s Commencement Speech at Oglethorpe

On May 22, 1932, then New York Governor Franklin Delano Roosevelt received a Doctor of Laws honorary degree from Oglethorpe University at the commencement ceremony held at the Fox Theatre. He gave a rousing speech about the state of the nation—and that speech went on to become  historically significant as the beginning of the future President’s New Deal plan. …

Oglethorpe Founder’s Day Tradition

by Dr. Paul Hudson ’72 Oglethorpe University was founded as a “living memorial” to the founder of Georgia.  Every February, OU Day celebrates the day—February 12, 1733—that James Edward Oglethorpe arrived at Yamacraw Bluff (modern day Savannah) and founded the colony of Georgia. Oglethorpe Day always begins with a lone piper playing the summons to …

Do You Know JEO?

James Edward Oglethorpe, founder of the colony of Georgia, was born on December 22, 1696, in Yorkshire, England. After graduating from Eton and Corpus Christi College, Oxford, Oglethorpe began a military career in 1717, fighting against the Turks under Prince Eugene of Savoy. Championing the Oppressed From 1722 to 1743, Oglethorpe served in the British …