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M.E. Thompson and the Purchase of Jekyll Island

Georgia Historical Marker:

M.E. THOMPSON AND THE PURCHASE OF JEKYLL ISLAND

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 in- auguration, 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


GHM 063-41

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