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Jensen, Merrill (ed.) / Ratification of the Constitution by the states: Delaware, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut
(1978)

Biographical gazetteer,   pp. 308-[312]


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BIOGRAPHICAL GAZETTEER                                                  309
not attend. Appointed Chatham County assistant justice, 1786, but declined. In-
dian commissioner, 1787. Delegate to state Convention, voted to ratify, 1787-88.
Savannah alderman, 1790-91. Mayor of Savannah, 1792-93. U. S. Postmaster Gen-
eral, 1795-1801. President Savannah Branch Bank of the United States, 1802-15.
HANDLEY, GEORGE (1752-1793)
Upcountry/Federalist/  ?
Born England. Moved to Savannah, Ga., 1775. Continental Army officer, 1776-
82. Member Georgia Cincinnati. Moved to Augusta, 1783. Richmond County
justice of peace, 1783-87. Liberty, Glynn, and Camden counties justice of peace,
1784-87. Council secretary, 1785-86. Appointed inspector general of militia, 1787.
Glynn County assistant justice, 1787-88. Delegate to state Convention, voted to
ratify, 1787-88. Glynn County member of Council, 1788. Governor, 1788-89. Dele-
gate to state constitutional conventions, November 1788, January 1789 (president,
1788). Glynn County delegate to Assembly, 1789. Presidential Elector, 1789.
Collector of port of Brunswick, 1789-93. Richmond County sheriff, 1790-93.
HousTouN, WILLIAM (c. 1757-1812)
Lowcountry/Federalist/  ?
Born Savannah. Son of Sir Patrick Houstoun; brother of Governor John Hous-
toun. Studied law Inner Temple, London, 1776. Admitted to Georgia bar, 1782.
Chatham County delegate to Assembly, 1783, 1787-88. Delegate to Congress, 1783-
86 (attended, 1784-86). Delegate to Constitutional Convention, 1787. Married Mary
Bayard of New York, 1788, and moved to New York. Admitted to bar of U. S.
Supreme Court, 1790.
MATHEWS, GEORGE (1739-1812)
Upcountry/Federalist/Democratic-Republican
Born Augusta County, Va. Augusta County offices (surveyor of roads, justice of
peace, tax collector, 1768-75). Continental Army officer, 1776-83. Member Vir-
ginia and Georgia Cincinnati. Moved to Georgia, 1785. Became brigadier general
of militia. Wilkes County justice of peace, 1785-90. Member town of Washington
board of commissioners, 1785. Wilkes County delegate to Assembly, 1787, 1788,
1789, 1793. Governor, 1787-88, 1793-96. Delegate to state Convention, voted to
ratify, 1787-88. Indian commissioner, 1788, 1789. Delegate to state constitutional
convention, January 1789. Member U. S. House of Representatives, 1789-91.
Justice Wilkes County Inferior Court, 1792-93. Moved to Mississippi Territory,
1797. Nominated governor of Mississippi Territory, but nomination withdrawn,
1798. Agent of Madison administration to stir up insurrection in the Floridas,
1810-12. Repudiated by administration for filibustering activities in East Florida,
1812.
OSBORNE, HENRY (1751-1800)
Lowcountry/Federalist/Federalist
Born County Lemardy, Ireland. Glynn and Camden counties justice of peace,
1785-86. Indian commissioner, 1786, 1789. Glynn County delegate to Assembly,
1786. Glynn and Camden counties assistant justice, 1786-87. Delegate to Con-
gress, 1786, but did not attend. Camden County delegate to Assembly, 1787, 1788.
Chief Justice, 1787-89. Delegate to state Convention, voted to ratify, 1787-88.
Delegate to state constitutional conventions, November 1788, January 1789 (presi-
dent, 1789). Camden County member of Senate, 1789. Presidential Elector, 1789.
Justice Camden County Inferior Court, 1789. Justice Georgia Court, Eastern Cir-
cuit, 1789-91. Impeached for and convicted of election fraud, 1791. Fined $600,
disbarred, and banned from holding public office for thirty years. Civil rights
restored, 1798,


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