Educated at Oxford, James Oglethorpe joined the Austrian army and
was fighting the invading Muslim Turks at age 17. Upon return to
England, he entered Parliament and presided over prison reform.
There he got the idea of founding a colony in America where the poor
and destitute could start afresh and where people persecuted for
their faith could find refuge. James Oglethorpe secured a charter
for the Colony of Georgia and on this day, Jan. 13, 1733, one
hundred and twenty settlers, who had sailed across the ocean to
America, went ashore, knelt down and declared: “Our end in leaving
our native country is not to gain riches and honor, but singly this:
to live wholly to the glory of God.”

”’William J. Federer is a nationally known speaker, best-selling author, and president of Amerisearch, Inc., a publishing company dedicated to research America’s noble heritage. For more information, go to:”’ http://www.amerisearch.net ”’or send him an email at:”’ mailto:mail@amerisearch.net

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