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Q: Who was Charles Holmes Herty?

A: Herty was a well-known chemist and first coach of the University of Georgia football team who was born in Milledgeville in 1867. Additional information can be found in the recently published book Crusading for Chemistry: The Professional Career of Charles Holmes Herty by Germaine M. Reed.

Q: Who was Carl Vinson?

A: Carl Vinson, congressman from Georgia, was born in Milledgeville in 1883. Vinson is often called the father of the two ocean navy. He is buried in Memory Hill Cemetery.

Q: Who was Flannery O'Connor?

A: See Frequently Asked Questions: Flannery O'Connor.

Q: Who is Paris Trout?

A: Paris Trout is the 1988 book by Pete Dexter loosely based on a murder in Milledgeville in 1949-1953. Trout's character is based on Marion Stembridge of Milledgeville. For more information on Paris Trout and Marion Stembridge see the Local History Vertical File.

Q: Who was Culver Kidd?

A: Kidd was a state representative and state senator from Milledgeville from 1946 to 1992.

Q: Who is Beverly Hill?

A: Hill is a Milledgeville native who sang the role of Violetta in "La Traviata" at the Fyodor Shallyapin International Opera Festival in Kazan in the Soviet Union. She had previously taught music at Carver Elementary School in Milledgeville.

Q: Who is Randy Howard?

A: Howard was a world-champion fiddle player who was raised in Milledgeville. He released several albums and played with artists such as Shelby Lynne, George Jones, Chet Atkins, and Garth Brooks. He was the Bluegrass Fiddle Player of the Year for 1996 and 1997.

Q: Who is Stan Strickland?

A: Strickland was an artist who lived in Milledgeville for most of his life. Four of his paintings hang in the staterooms of the USS Carl Vinson. He previously taught art at Baldwin High School and Boddie Middle School.

Q: Who was Frank Stanley Herring?

A: Herring was an artist who painted water color portraits of blacks in the South. Some of his paintings have been exhibited in the Art Institute of Chicago and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Herring was a native of Pennsylvania but married a woman from Milledgeville.

Q: Who was Ulrich Bonnell Phillips?

A: Attended school in Milledgeville and college at the University of Georgia. At the turn of the century, he became the foremost authority on Georgia history.

Q: Who was James C. Bonner?

A: Bonner, Chair of the Department of History and Political Science at Georgia State College for Women from 1944 to 1969, was a nationally known authority on Georgia history and the history of agriculture in the South.

Q: Who was Julia Flisch?

A: Flisch, an outspoken advocate of education for women, represented the women of the state at the laying of the cornerstone for Georgia Normal & Industrial College. Flisch later became a professor of history at GN&IC. For more information on Flisch see Robin O. Harris' thesis "Julia Anna Flisch: Georgia Educator and Feminist."

Q: Who was John Baum?

A: Baum was a 1924 graduate of Georgia Tech with a degree in textile engineering. He was named to the Georgia Tech Engineering Hall of Fame in 1994. While working for J.P. Stevens Co., Baum set up a woolen worsted mill in Milledgeville. In addition to serving on the Baldwin County school board for 22 years, he also initiated the establishment of the Milledgeville Country Club.

Q: Who is John H. Lounsbury?

A: John H. Lounsbury, professor and dean emeritus, is the founding dean of the School of Education at Georgia College & State University. Editor of The National Middle School Journal, he is noted across the nation as one of the fathers of the National Middle School Movement.

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