2015 Characters

William Bartram  // 1739 – 1823

American Naturalist who embarked in 1773 on a 4 year journey through 8 southern colonies.  Discovered the legendary “Buffalo Lick” here in Oglethorpe County.  He published a book in 1791 known today as Bartram’s Travels.

Wilson Lumpkin // 1783 – 1870

Born in Virginia and moved to Oglethorpe County in 1784.  One of Georgia’s most prominent political leaders who served two terms as governor, four terms in Congress, a U.S. commissioner to the Cherokee Indians, and a U.S. Senator.

Kerenhappuch “Happy” Hendon Olive // 1760 – 1849

In 1785, Happy traveled with a group from Wake County, NC. They settled near Big Cloud’s Creek where they constructed a fort, known as Olive’s Fort after her husband, Anthony Olive. The group built and constituted the Cloud’s Creek Baptist Church in 1788.

James Hay // ~1760 – 1805

Authorized in 1797 to conduct an early public survey of the city of Lexington and to lay out 20 town lots.  In 1800, the Inferior Court ordered Hay to survey an additional 17 lots.  James Hay died before additional lots were later surveyed.

Jack Bell // 1799 – 1883

A former slave whose master sold him to himself.  Immediately after the Civil war, Jack figured conspicuously in politics and served as a member of the Constitutional Convention of 1868.   Jack Bell was well known to every citizen in Oglethorpe County and is buried in the Lexington Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

Lewis Jarod (Duepree) Dupree  // 1793 – 1870

One of the wealthiest men in the state prior to the Civil War.  Prominent businessman and banker.  Built the three story brick building in downtown Lexington, donated the land and helped establish the Lexington Baptist Church in 1851.

Parolee Crowe Arnold // 1898 – 1968

Parrolee Crowe Arnold was a Sergeant in the Women’s Army Corps in World War II. Prior to serving the war effort, she attended college for three years and worked as a teacher. She and her husband, Hugh H. Arnold, raised a family in the Maxeys area.

Peter Bisson // 1861 – 1927

Peter Bisson and his wife, Charlotte, emigrated to the U.S. from the Isle of Guernsey. Shortly after their marriage they settled first in Boston where Peter worked as a quarryman, then eventually settled in Georgia in about 1894 where he opened the Bisson granite quarries near Lexington.

James Grady Johnson a.k.a “Crazy Luke” Graham // 1940 – 2006

American professional wrestler better known by his ring name “Crazy Luke Graham.”  Member of a stable of wrestling brothers.  During his wrestling career he was the winner of the U.S. tag team title, Hawaiian Heavyweight title, Georgia heavyweight crown, and Central States Belt.

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