Marietta, Georgia

Marietta is located in central Cobb County, United States, is the county's seat and largest city. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 56,579; the 2017 estimate is 61,048. Marietta is the fourth largest of the principal cities of the Atlanta metropolitan area; the origin of the name is uncertain. It is believed that the city was named for Mary Cobb, the wife of U. S. Senator and Superior Court judge Thomas Willis Cobb. Judge Cobb is the namesake of the county. Homes were built by early settlers near the Cherokee town of Big Shanty prior to 1824; the first plot was laid out in 1833. Like most towns, Marietta had a square in the center with a courthouse; the Georgia General Assembly recognized the community on December 19, 1834. Built-in 1838, Oakton House is the oldest continuously occupied residence in Marietta; the original barn, milk house and well house remain on the property. The spectacular gardens contain the boxwood parterre from the 1870s. Oakton served as Major General Loring's headquarters during the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain in 1864.

Marietta was selected as the hub for the new Western and Atlantic Railroad, business boomed. By 1838, roadbed and trestles had been built north of the city. However, in 1840, political wrangling stopped construction for a time. In 1842, the railroad's new management decided to move the hub from Marietta to an area that would become Atlanta. Nonetheless, in 1850, when the railroad began operation, Marietta shared in the resulting prosperity. Businessman and politician John Glover arrived in 1848. A popular figure, Glover was elected mayor when the city incorporated in 1852. Another early resident was Carey Cox, a physician, who promoted a "water cure", which developed into a spa that attracted patients to the area; the Cobb County Medical Society recognizes him as the county's first physician. The Georgia Military Institute was built in 1851, the first bank opened in 1855. During the 1850s, fire destroyed much of the city on three separate occasions. By the time the Civil War began in 1861, Marietta had recovered from the fires.

In April 1862, James Andrews, a civilian working with the Union Army, came to Marietta, along with a small party of Union soldiers dressed in civilian clothing. The group spent the night in the Fletcher House hotel located in front of the Western and Atlantic Railroad. Andrews and his men, who became known as the Andrews Raiders, planned to seize a train and proceed north toward the city of Chattanooga, destroying the railroad on their way, they hoped, in so doing, to isolate Chattanooga from Atlanta and bring about the downfall of the Confederate stronghold. The Raiders boarded a waiting train on the morning of April 1862, along with other passengers. Shortly after that, the train made a scheduled stop in the town of Big Shanty, now known as Kennesaw; when the other passengers got off the train for breakfast and the Raiders stole the engine and the car behind it, which carried the fuel. The engine, called The General, Andrews' Raiders had begun the episode now known as the Great Locomotive Chase.

Andrews and the Raiders failed in their mission. Andrews and all of his men were caught within two weeks, including two men who had arrived late and missed the hijacking. All were tried as spies and hanged. General William Tecumseh Sherman invaded the town during the Atlanta Campaign in the summer of 1864. In November 1864, General Hugh Kilpatrick set the town ablaze, the first strike in Sherman's March to the Sea. Sherman's troops crossed the Chattahoochee River at a shallow section known as the Palisades, after burning the Marietta Paper Mills near the mouth of Sope Creek; the Marietta Confederate Cemetery, with the graves of over 3,000 Confederate soldiers killed during the Battle of Atlanta, is located in the city. In 1892, the city established a public school system, it included a high school for a separate high school for blacks. Leo Frank was lynched at 1200 Roswell Road just east of Marietta on August 17, 1915. Frank, a Jewish-American superintendent of the National Pencil Company in Atlanta, had been convicted on August 25, 1913, for the murder of one of his factory workers, 13-year-old Mary Phagan.

The murder and trial, sensationalized in the local press, portrayed Frank as sexually depraved and captured the public's attention. An eleventh-hour commutation by Governor John Slaton of Frank's death sentence to life imprisonment created great local outrage. A mob threatened the governor to the extent that the Georgia National Guard had to be called to defend him, he left the state with his political career over. Another mob, systematically organized for the purpose, abducted Frank from prison, drove him to Marietta, hanged him; the leaders of the abduction included past and future elected local and state officials. There were two state legislators, the mayor, a former governor, a clergyman, two former Superior Court justices, an ex-sheriff. In reaction Jewish activists created the Anti-Defamation League, to work to educate Americans about Jewish life and culture, to prevent anti-Semitism. Located near the center of Cobb County, between Kennesaw to the northwest and Smyrna to the southeast.

U. S. Route 41 and State Route 3 run through the city northeast of downtown as Cobb Parkway, Interstate 75 runs parallel to it through the eastern part of Marietta, with access from exits 261, 263, 265, 267. Downtown Atlanta is 20 miles to the southeast, Cartersville is 24 miles to the northwest. According t

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