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G. Gunby Jordan Papers

Identifier: MC 12

Scope and Contents

The papers contains correspondence and published reports about his business concerns, including the Columbus Railroad Company, Columbus Savings Bank, the Third National Bank, the Perkins Hosiery Mills, Bibb Manufacturing, Columbus Manufacturing, Columbus Power Company, Eagle & Phenix Mills and the General Fire Extinguisher Company. Other material relates to his campaign for County Commission; his activities on the commission, especially his advocacy of paved roads (1920s); his service on the Georgia Railroad Commission; as well as correspondence between the Jordan family and French orphans whom the Jordans helped to support after the First World War.


  • 1884 - 1939

Biographical / Historical

George Gunby Jordan (1846-1930) was one of the most dynamic businessmen of Columbus, Georgia from the 1880s until his partial retirement, around 1915. He was born June 19,1846 in Sparta, Georgia and died on May 9, 1930. He served with Nelson's Rangers during the Civil War. After the war, he moved to Columbus and became an officer in the Eagle & Phenix Mills until the 1880s when the Mills began to falter. He then headed the Georgia, Midland and Gulf Railroad to McDonough, the Columbus Southern Railroad to Richland, the Columbus Power Company, the Columbus Manufacturing Company, and many other businesses. After the Eagle & Phenix Mills entered receivership in 1896, he returned there and reorganized and modernized the company. He also served on the Muscogee County Board of Commissioners, where he focused on road paving projects, as well as on the Columbus Public School Board, the Railroad Commission of Georgia, the National Civic Federation, and the International Commission for Industrial Peace, among other organizations.


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Custodial History

This bulk of this material was found by Jim Suddreth in the attic of a building he acquired in downtown Columbus. He contacted both the Columbus State University Archives and G. Gunby Jordan II, Jordan's grandson, who donated the materials to the Archives in 1978. Twelve items were added from a donation by Katherine Jordan Waddell in 2013 which included mostly material relating to Randolph L. Mott.

Related Materials

Eagle & Phenix Mills Collection, MC 13

Wallace P. Culpepper Collection, MC 54

Randolph L. Mott Collection, MC 289

Panola Land and Improvement Company Records, MC 415
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Repository Details

Part of the Columbus State University Archives and Special Collections Repository

4225 University Ave
Columbus Georgia 31907 United States