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Peter EARLY

(1773-1817)

EARLY, Peter, a Representative from Georgia; born near Madison, Madison County, Va., June 20, 1773; attended the Lexington Academy (later Washington College) in Rockbridge County; was graduated from Princeton College in 1792; studied law in Philadelphia, Pa.; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Wilkes County, Ga., in 1796; moved to Greene County in 1801 and continued the practice of law; elected as a Republican to the Seventh Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John Milledge; reelected to the Eighth and Ninth Congresses and served from January 10, 1803, to March 3, 1807; one of the managers appointed by the House of Representatives in January 1804 to conduct the impeachment proceedings against John Pickering, judge of the United States District Court for New Hampshire, and in December of the same year against Samuel Chase, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States; declined to be a candidate for reelection; first judge of the superior court of the Ocmulgee circuit 1807-1813; Governor of Georgia 1813-1815; elected to the State senate in 1815 and served until his death near Scull Shoals, Greene County, Ga., August 15, 1817; interment on the west bank of the Oconee River near his mansion; reinterment in City Cemetery, Greensboro, Ga.

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

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