Laurent DeGive

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Laurent DeGive (January 1828, Belgium - March 17, 1910, Rockledge, FL)[1][2][3] was the Belgian consul in Atlanta, Georgia in the late 19th-century. He arrived in Atlanta in 1859. He built two opera houses in Atlanta, DeGive's Opera House (Bijou Theater), and DeGive's Grand Opera House, which would later become Loew's Grand Theatre, where Gone with the Wind (film) premiered.

DeGive helped organize the Gate City Street Railroad Company in 1881 together with L. B. Wilson, A. M. Reinhardt and John Stephens. In 1884 they built a line which started at the Kimball House and went via Pryor, Wheat and Jackson Streets to Ponce de Leon Springs. The line operated until January 1887, when it was sold.[4]

DeGive is buried at Westview Cemetery in Atlanta, GA.[5]

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  1. ^ Laurent DeGive Is Ill; The Atlanta Constitution, March 8, 1910; pg. 1
  2. ^ Laurent DeGive; The Atlanta Constitution, March 18, 1910; pg. 6
  3. ^ Mrs. Pauline DeGive Dies; The Atlanta Constitution, January 30, 1912; pg. 5
  4. ^ Thomas H. Martin, Atlanta and its builders: a comprehensive history of the Gate city ..., Volume 2, p.485
  5. ^ DeGive Rests At West View; The Atlanta Constitution, March 21, 1910; pg. 1