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Nathan BROWNSON

(1742-1796)

BROWNSON, Nathan, a Delegate from Georgia; born in Woodbury, Conn., May 14, 1742; was graduated from Yale College in 1761; studied medicine and practiced in Woodbury; moved to Liberty County, Ga., about 1764; member of the Provincial Congress in 1775; surgeon in the Revolutionary Army; Member of the Continental Congress in 1777; member of the State house of representatives in 1781 and served as speaker; chosen by that body as Governor of Georgia in 1782; again elected to the State house of representatives in 1788 and served as speaker; delegate to the State convention to ratify the Federal Constitution in 1788 and to the State constitutional convention in 1789; member of the State senate 1789-1791 and served as president of that body; died on his plantation near Riceboro, Liberty County, Ga., November 6, 1796; interment in the Old Midway Burial Ground.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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