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Henry OSBORNE

(1751-1800)

OSBORNE, Henry, a Delegate from Georgia; born August 21, 1751, in Newton County, Lemardy, Ireland; emigrated to Pennsylvania in 1779 and admitted to the Philadelphia bar; judge advocate of the Pennsylvania militia, October 1780; state notary public, July 1781; removed from all state offices in June 1783 following supreme executive council’s determination that he was a bigamist; settled near St. Mary’s, Camden County, Ga., in December 1784; held various state offices; member of the Georgia Assembly, 1786-1788; elected as a Delegate to the Continental Congress in 1786 but did not attend; chief justice of Georgia March 1787-January 1789; judge of the superior court in the western district 1789-1791; was removed from office and convicted by the Georgia senate in December 1791 of election fraud in the election of Anthony Wayne to the U.S. House of Representatives; his citizenship was restored under the Georgia constitution of 1798; died on St. Simons Island, Ga., November 9, 1800.

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

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