Historic Markers Across Georgia



M.E. Thompson and the Purchase of Jekyll Island



Marker ID: GHM 063-41
Location: Near junction of Riverview Dr and Stable Rd, Jekyll Island, GA
County: Glynn
Coordinates: N 31° 3.296    W 081° 25.287
  31.054933    -81.42145
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM3V95
M.E. Thompson and the Purchase of Jekyll Island Marker
Photo by macleod1



Text:

Melvin E. Thompson, Acting Governor, 1947-1949, was born in Millen, Jenkins County, Georgia, in 1903. After a career as educator and public servant, Thompson was elected Lieutenant Governor for the term beginning January, 1947. Following the death of Governor-Elect Eugene Talmadge, shortly before his inauguration, Thompson became Acting Governor until the next scheduled general election.


During his term as Acting Governor, one of his contributions to the state was the acquiring of Jekyll Island for $675,000. The state acquired Jekyll Island by a court condemnation decree, a bargain which has been compared to the original purchase of Manhattan Island. Jekyll Island has proved to be one of Georgia´s Greatest assets as a year round resort area.

JEKYLL ISLAND - STATE PARK AUTHORITY 1963




M.E. Thompson and the Purchase of Jekyll Island
Photo by macleod1



 

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