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Gov. Cobb items return to mansion

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January 30, 2012

Personal items of the late Georgia Gov. Howell Cobb found their way home to the Old Governor’s Mansion at Georgia College.

Family descendants donated the governor’s dining room table, 24-carat gold cuff links, gentleman’s traveling case, family photographs and an engraved silver serving fork and spoon to the mansion.

“Anytime we receive original objects it speaks volumes about the taste, personality and lifestyle of the people who lived here,” said Matt Davis, mansion curator.

The mid-19th century artifacts will display publicly during the coming months.

Cobb served from 1851 to 1853 as Georgia’s 40th governor. He previously served as speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1849 to 1851 and later became the U.S. secretary of the treasury from 1857 to 1860.

“We’re happy to have these pieces and look forward to telling each piece’s story to visitors,” said Jim Turner, mansion director. “Each artifact is a tremendous asset to help further interpret the mansion’s rich history.”

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ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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