Franklin Garrett

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Franklin Miller Garrett (September 25, 1906 – March 5, 2000) was the only official historian of Atlanta.[1] His massive Atlanta and Environs: A Chronicle of its People and Events remains the best reference for the city's history.


A native of Milwaukee, he moved to Atlanta as a boy. He graduated from Boys High School in Atlanta, Georgia.[citation needed] He joined the Atlanta Historical Society in 1927 (a year after it was founded) which is today known as the Atlanta History Center. He served as historian for the Coca-Cola Company for 28 years. After retirement he devoted his full-time efforts to the Atlanta History Center.[1]

He was married to Frances Steele Garrett, who died in September 2005.[2]


  • Honorary doctorate from Oglethorpe University[1]
  • Honorary doctorate from Georgia State University on June 20, 1998[1][3]
  • Shining Light award for community service[1]
  • The Georgia Railroad Named EMD GP 38-2 locomotive number 6051, as The Franklin M. Garrett in 1980. This locomotive ran on the Georgia R.R. until 1983, when the Georgia was Merged into Seaboard System. Seaboard System kept the name on the locomotive. The 6051 pulled the Last Georgia Mixed Train out of Atlanta in 1983. This locomotive today is CSXT 2702, retaing the name and is assigned to Atlanta's Tilford Yard.


  1. ^ a b c d e HR 1444 - Garrett, Franklin Miller; condolences. Atlanta: Georgia House of Representatives. March 22, 2000. Retrieved July 29, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Times of Dekalb Newsletter". Dekalb History Center. September 2005. Archived from the original on November 19, 2008. Retrieved July 29, 2009. 
  3. ^ "GSU Minutes of University Administrative Council". June 3, 1998. Retrieved July 29, 2009. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Lockerman, Doris (1996). The Man Who Amazed Atlanta: The Journey of Franklin Miller Garrett. Atlanta: Atlanta History Center / Longstreet Press. p. 240. ISBN 978-1-56352-362-5. OCLC 36353165. 


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