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Samuel ELBERT

(1740-1788)

ELBERT, Samuel, a Delegate from Georgia; born in Prince William Parish, S.C., in 1740; engaged in mercantile business in Savannah, Ga.; captain of a grenadier company in 1774; member of the council on safety in 1775; lieutenant colonel in 1776 and later the same year made a colonel of a battalion of Continental troops; commanded a brigade under General Ashe at the battle of Briar Creek, S.C.; taken prisoner but was exchanged and took part in the battle of Yorktown; promoted to brigadier general in 1783; elected as a Delegate to the Continental Congress January 9, 1784, but declined to serve; Governor of Georgia in 1785 and appointed major general of militia; died in Savannah, Ga., November 1, 1788.

Bibliography

Jones, Charles Colcock, Jr. The Life and Services of the Honorable Maj. Gen. Samuel Elbert of Georgia. 1887. Reprint, New York: W. Abbatt, 1911.

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

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