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Richard HOWLY

(1740-1784)

HOWLY, Richard, a Delegate from Georgia; born in Liberty County, Ga., in 1740; pursued an academic course; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in St. John’s Parish, Georgia; also engaged in the planting of rice; moved to St. Paul’s Parish in 1779; member of the State house of representatives 1779-1783; member of the executive council of Liberty County in 1779 and 1780; Governor of Georgia in 1780; Member of the Continental Congress in 1780 and 1781; practiced law in Sunbury, Ga.; chosen chief justice of Georgia and served from October 1, 1782, to January 3, 1783; moved to Savannah, Ga., and died there in December 1784.

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

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