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John HOUSTOUN

(1744-1796)

HOUSTOUN, John, a Delegate from Georgia; born in Waynesboro, Ga., August 31, 1744; attended the common schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Savannah, Ga.; one of the four originators of the “Sons of Liberty”; delegate to the Provincial Congress of Georgia in 1775; Member of the Continental Congress in 1775; member of the executive council in 1777; Governor of Georgia in 1778 and 1784; member of the commission to establish the boundary line between Georgia and South Carolina; chief justice of Georgia in 1786; unsuccessful candidate for Governor in 1787; justice for Chatham County in 1787; mayor of Savannah in 1789 and 1790; judge of the State superior court in 1792; died at “White Bluff,” near Savannah, Ga., July 20, 1796.

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

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