Major John Hanson

1840 to 1910
Major John Hanson is an industrialist who helped create the Georgia School of Technology. He started the Bibb Manufacturing Company in 1876, a company that built and acquired mills. He also owned the Macon Telegraph and Messenger, an opponent of the Atlanta Constitution. In order to create a skilled workforce, he helped promote an editorial in the Macon Telegraph that promoted a polytechnic college in the state of Georgia. He helped elect Nathaniel E. Harris who also wanted to create a technical school in Georgia. A bill was created by Harris in 1882, the school was chartered in 1885, and it officially opened in 1888. Today, we know this school as Georgia Tech.
Notable Accomplishments: 
  • Helped establish Georgia Tech