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The 18th Century
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Abraham Baldwin and the University of Georgia
After serving as a chaplain in the Continental Army, Baldwin moved to Georgia upon the request of General Nathanael Greene. He served in the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention. His greatest contribution to the American South and the nation at large is his establishment of the University of Georgia in 1784 on the model of Yale, and Baldwin was its first president. The University of Georgia was the first public university in the United States to be chartered.

Abraham Baldwin (1754-1807) b. Guilford, Connecticut, Class of 1772