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His honor, the saloonkeeper

Following the granting of an official charter by the State of Georgia, the City of Atlanta was obligated to elect a city government. If the number of fistfights that broke out in the city are any indication, Atlantans apparently felt very passionate about the person who should hold the title of Atlanta’s first mayor. The election was held at Thomas Kile’s grocery store, which was built on the 5-Points lot in downtown Atlanta currently occupied by the William Oliver building. Two hundred and fifteen voters turned out to help choose the first official leader of the city, and you probably won’t be surprised to learn that the winner of the election was the owner of a popular Decatur Street saloon. As they say, all’s fair in love, war and politics. The details of the rowdy crowd that set the city on a questionable path can be found in this week’s Stories of Atlanta.

Lance Russell

Lance Russell is an Atlanta-based filmmaker and media communicator who, for over three decades, has been entrusted by clients to tell their stories. A seasoned producer with an innate ability to cut to the heart of the matter, Lance’s instincts are tailor-made for today’s “media bite” culture. Brief, poignant and always entertaining, Lance’s current passion is bringing Atlanta’s colorful and inspiring past to life with his “rest of the story” style video series, Stories of Atlanta. “History’s best communicators,” says Lance, “have always been storytellers. It’s in our DNA. ‘Once upon a time’ is how we got to where we are now.”


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  1. Justin Wiedeman April 9, 2021 10:03 am

    Excellent Series. Glad I found it. Thank-you.Report

    1. Lance Rusell April 9, 2021 5:31 pm

      Justin – we’re happy you found us too and thanks for the comment. User Tip: if you click on the search magnifying glass in the upper right and type “stories of atlanta” (use the quotes) you’ll be given a long list of Stories of Atlanta videos. Enough to dampen your productivity for an afternoon if you’re not careful.

      If you prefer your videos a little more ordered, you’ll find several playlists by categories on our YouTube site: youtube.com/storiesofatlanta – LanceReport


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