Title: Private, Secretary to General William Tecumseh Sherman
Birthdate: February 14, 1846
Death Date: July 30, 1914
Plot Location: Section 127, Lot 54

Arthur Otis Granger and Caroline Dickson Gregory Granger

Arthur Otis Granger was a native of Providence, Rhode Island, and moved to Philadelphia at a young age. He worked as a cashier at a local store by age 14.

Granger enlisted in the 15th Pennsylvania Cavalry Regiment at age 16, and served from 1862 to 1865 in the the Civil War. He saw action in the Battle of Stones River, and was subsequently treated for typhoid fever at a hospital in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. While recovering, the hospital’s operators learned of his legible handwriting, and assigned him to light duty as the chief clerk at the hospital for one year. He subsequently reported for duty to General William Tecumseh Sherman, and was part of the infamous March to the Sea. Granger later became the private secretary to Sherman upon arriving in Savannah, Georgia. Granger wrote the papers for General Joseph E. Johnston’s surrender to Sherman on April 26, 1865, then kept the inkstand and pen as mementos of the occasion.

After the war, Granger was an entrepreneur and industrialist. He manufactured and installed gasworks in Philadelphia and served as general manager of the United Gas Improvement Company, before serving as president of multiple fuel and gas light companies in the United States and Canada. He was later a mining engineer and railroad executive, and a millionaire as of 1889. He established the Etowah Iron Company in Bartow County, Georgia, had mining interests in South America, and was a business partner to Senator Joseph M. Gazzam.

Granger moved to Cartersville, Georgia, in 1890, where he became an amateur astronomer after taking inspiration from the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. He expanded his two-room house to include three floors, twenty-eight rooms and the largest observatory and telescope in the southeastern United States. He renamed his mansion “Overlook”, and became involved in the social and cultural scene in Cartersville and Atlanta.

Granger was a life member of the Franklin Institute, the American Institute of Mining Engineers, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Royal Society of Arts. After death, his telescope was sold to a traveling circus, and later purchased by the University of Texas at Austin. His observatory was moved to Agnes Scott College in Atlanta.

Japanese maple tree in front of a monument at Mount Moriah Cemetery

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