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Wash Collier


Some of today’s most important primary sources for the early history of Atlanta come from interviews with George Washington “Wash” Collier.

Born in 1813, Wash first arrived in the area when his father Meredith decided to purchase Land Lot 104 and move their family of 15 children in 1822. Much of the development along Peachtree Street can be attributed to Wash and his brothers, who owned hundreds of acres of land in the area.

Atlanta’s first postmaster, Wash was also one of its wealthiest citizens, with real estate investments making him a millionaire by the time he died in 1903.

Caroline Parsley, The Atlanta 100

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