George Walton

George Walton (* 1741 in Virginia; † February 2nd 1804 in Augusta, Georgia) was a signer of the U.S. Declaration of Independence as well as the first, seventh and 19th Governor of the U.S. state of Georgia.

Curriculum vitae

George Walton was born in Virginia. In childhood, his parents died and he was adopted by an uncle. 1769 he went to study law then to Savannah. In 1774 he was admitted to the bar, shortly after became Secretary of State in the Congress of Georgia and President of the Security Committee. In 1775 he became the first governor of Georgia. As Colonel of the first Regiment of the Georgia Militia, he fought in the Battle of Savannah, where he was captured. After he was discharged in 1779 with the other, located in a prisoner of war soldiers, he was elected the same year as Governor of Georgia, but he was replaced after two months. 1783 to 1789 he was Minister of Justice in Georgia and in 1789 he was elected for the third time as governor. From 1795 he served as a U.S. Senator.

1776 Archibald Bulloch, his successor as governor, in 1780 this was Richard Howly and 1790 Edward Telfair. According to him, the Walton County was named in Georgia.