Charles A. Collier (July 19, 1848 – September 28, 1900) was a capitalist, banker, and lawyer. He was the son of Judge John Collier and Henrietta E. Wilson. His wife, Suzie (died 1897) was the daughter of William A. Rawson.
Collier was born in 1848 in a village that would later be known as Gate City. At the age of 18, he entered into the University of Georgia to study law. While there, he joined Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Collier graduated from the University of Georgia in 1869 with a degree in law and was admitted to the bar in 1871. He shortly after left the law profession and went into mercantile pursuits and banking.
He was elected to the Board of Aldermen of Atlanta in 1887 and 1888, similar to the Atlanta City Council today. In 1887, he was also the President of the Piedmont Exposition which bought 189 acres (0.76 km2) of land to form Piedmont Park and the Gentleman's Driving Club. In just 104 days, Collier and the rest of the Company managed to build the structures and prepare the grounds for the Exposition held at the newly named Piedmont Park. President Grover Cleveland honored Atlanta with a visit to the Exposition with his new bride, Frances Folsom. Afterwards, Collier was named President of the Cotton States and International Exposition Company charged with planning the 1895 World's Fair which at the time was known as the Cotton States and International Exposition.
The 1895 Cotton States and International Exposition (1895)
Serious preparations for the Exposition began in 1894. On October 16, 1894, Collier and John Randolph Lewis wrote to Booker T. Washington making him the Chief Commissioner of the State of Alabama for the Exposition and charging him with creating an exhibit show casing the talents of African-Americans in Alabama.
Collier was elected as Mayor of Atlanta for the first time from 1897 to 1898. In 1899, Collier was elected Mayor again, pro tem. Just a year after leaving office he was accidentally shot and killed while searching for a burglar in his backyard in the early morning of September 28, 1900.
His son, John Collier Sr., was Commissioner of the Bureau of Indian Affairs from 1933 - 1945 and known for his effort to reform the BIA with the Indian New Deal.
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- Taliafero, 2001
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- Harlan, 1989
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- "Charles Augustus Collier". Lawyer, City of Atlanta Government Official. Find a Grave. March 15, 2010. Retrieved February 2, 2013.
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January 1897 – January 1899
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