Francis Willis (Representative)

Francis Willis ( born January 5, 1745 Frederick County, Virginia; † January 25, 1829 in Maury County, Tennessee ) was an American politician. Between 1791 and 1793 he represented the state of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Francis Willis grew even during the British colonial era. He attended the common schools. During the Revolutionary War, he rose in the Continental Army from captain to colonel on up. In 1784 he settled in Wilkes County, Georgia, where he began a career in politics.

In the state- wide held congressional elections of 1790 he was elected for the third parliamentary seat of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he became the successor of George Mathews on March 4, 1791. Until March 3, 1793, he was able to complete a term in Congress. In 1793 there the first ten amendments were adopted to the Constitution of the United States.

Later, Willis moved to Maury County, Tennessee. There he stood as a candidate in 1824 at the age of almost 80 years again for the Congress; but yet he was subject to later U.S. President James K. Polk. Francis Willis died on January 25, 1829 and was buried in Carter's Creek.