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John HABERSHAM

(1754-1799)

HABERSHAM, John, (brother of Joseph Habersham and uncle of Richard Wylly Habersham), a Delegate from Georgia; born at “Beverly,” near Savannah, Ga., December 23, 1754; completed preparatory studies and later attended Princeton College; engaged in mercantile pursuits; served in the Revolutionary War as first lieutenant and brigade major of the First Georgia Continental Regiment; twice a prisoner of war; Member of the Continental Congress in 1785; appointed Indian agent by General Washington; appointed commissioner to the Beaufort convention to adjust the Georgia-South Carolina boundary; member of the first board of trustees to establish the University of Georgia; secretary of the Georgia branch of the Society of the Cincinnati upon its organization; collector of customs at Savannah from 1789 until his death near Savannah, Ga., December 17, 1799; interment in Colonial Park Cemetery.

Bibliography

Jones, Charles Colcock. A Biographical Sketch of the Honorable Major John Habersham of Georgia. 1886. Reprint, New York: W. Abbatt, 1909.

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

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