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  • ID: I344648
  • Name: George WALTON
  • RELA: 4th cousin 7x removed
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: BET 1749 AND 1750 in Cumberland Co., VA
  • Event: Fact 1776 Signer of the Declaration of Independence
  • Event: Elected Governor of Georgia BET 1779 AND 1780
  • Event: Elected Governor of Georgia BET 1789 AND 1790
  • Event: Elected United States Senator from Georgia BET 16 NOV 1795 AND 20 FEB 1796
  • Death: 2 FEB 1804 in Augusta, Richmond Co., GA
  • Title: Gov.
  • Event: Pic Gov. George Walton
  • Event: Link View on GeneaStar
  • Note:
    WALTON, George, (brother of John Walton and cousin of Matthew Walton), a Delegate and a Senator from Georgia; born in Cumberland County, Va., in either 1749 or 1750; apprenticed as a carpenter; attended the common schools; moved to Savannah, Ga., in 1769; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1774 and commenced practice in Savannah, Ga.; secretary of the Provincial Congress in 1775 and a member of the committee of intelligence; member, council of safety in 1775 and later president of that body; member, State house of representatives; member of the Continental Congress 1776, 1777, 1780, and 1781; a signer of the Declaration of Independence; served in the Revolutionary War and was captured at Savannah; colonel in the First Georgia Battalion; Governor of Georgia 1779; commissioner to treat with the Indians and to negotiate a treaty with the Cherokees in Tennessee in 1783; chief justice of Georgia 1783-1789; member of the Augusta Board of Commissioners 1784- 1785; represented Georgia in the settlement of the boundary line between South Carolina and Georgia in 1786; elected as a delegate to the convention to frame the Federal Constitution in 1787, but declined; Governor of Georgia 1789; was appointed first judge of the superior courts of the eastern judicial circuit in 1790; appointed to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of James Jackson and served from November 16, 1795, to February 20, 1796, when a successor was elected; trustee of Richmond Academy and of the University of Georgia; moved to Augusta; again appointed judge of the superior circuit of Georgia and served from 1799 until his death at his home, "College Hill," near Augusta, Richmond County, Ga., February 2, 1804; interment in Rosney Cemetery; reinterment in 1848 beneath the monument in front of the courthouse on Greene Street, Augusta, Ga.
    --- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress

    Father: Robert WALTON , Jr. b: 7 JAN 1717/18 in Prince Edward Co., VA
    Mother: Mary Sarah HUGHES b: 11 MAR 1723/24 in Cumberland Co., VA

    Marriage 1 Dorothy CAMBER b: BEF 1758 in Chatham Co., GA
    • Married: AUG 1778 in Richmond Co., GA
    1. Has Children George WALTON , Jr. b: 15 AUG 1786 in Augusta, Richmond Co., GA
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