THE MAN WHO DARED TO CARE: James Edward Oglethorpe by Mary Tarver Carroll
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THE MAN WHO DARED TO CARE: James Edward Oglethorpe

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An excellent biography for this age and up. Oglethorpe was a wise English philanthropist, a champion of the oppressed; though springing from an aristocratic, wealthy family, he cast in his lot with the unfortunate. His mother was a great person, a believer in the Jacobite cause, who hoped that her son would fight for the cause. However, when he came to realize that it was hopeless and determined to help prisoners and fight the press-gang system, she always gave him moral support. Much later in life he received the same loyalty from his wife. Oglethorpe killed a man in a drunken moment, this act brought him to and from then on he consecrated his life to others. He organized the settling of Georgia and went with his colonists, he never let them down. He took in Moravians, Jews, Italians and Scotch Highlanders. The Wesley brothers came with him and started the first Sunday School in America. His relations with the India is were honorable and very friendly. To the fury of many, he outlawed slavery in the and prohibited the sale of rum, although beer and wine were allowed. His came from the Spanish settlements in Florida and he had several unfortunate engagements with them. When he finally went for good he had many discouraged things happen to him, but his greatest joy came in his association with Johnson, Goldsmith, Boswell and other of the intelligent minds of England. He helped found the British Museum and watched the rise of George Washington with great interest. He died in at the age of no having done his utmost to help others in any way he could. This should be inspiring to all readers.

Pub Date: Oct. 7th, 1942
Publisher: Longmans, Green