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William HOUSTOUN

(1755-1813)

HOUSTOUN, William, a Delegate from Georgia; born in Savannah, Ga., in 1755; completed preparatory studies and attended higher schools in England; studied law; was admitted to the Inner Temple, London, in 1776; returned to Savannah at the beginning of the Revolution; Member of the Continental Congress 1784-1786; one of the agents on the part of Georgia to settle the boundary between that State and South Carolina in 1785; delegate to the constitutional convention which framed the Federal Constitution in 1787, but declined to sign the instrument; was one of the original trustees for the establishment of the University of Georgia, at Athens; died in Savannah, Ga., March 17, 1813; interment in St. Paul’s Chapel, New York City.

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

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