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Subject: HANDLEY, George [1752-1793]
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 1997 11:19:52 -0500 (EST)
HANDLEY, George [1752-1793]
Governor of the State of Georgia 1788
From: National Cyclopedia of American Biography; 2:13.
"Handley, George, governor of Georgia, 1788, was born near Sheffield,
Yorkshire, England, Feb. 9, 1752, the son of Thomas Handley. George arrived
at Savannah, Ga., in May 1775, became a captain of the Continental army in
1776 and soon rising to be lieutenant-colonel, served actively in Georgia and
South Carolina, where he distinguished himself in several engagements. He
was finally captured at Augusta, Ga., and sent to Charleston, S. C., as a
prisoner of war. At the close of the revolution he married Sarah Howe, a
niece of General afterwards Gov. Elbert, and removed to Augusta where he took
a high place in public esteem. He was elected Sheriff of Richmond county;
state representative; commissioner to the state of Franklin in 1785,
inspector-general of Georgia in 1787, and governor of the state in 1788, at
the early age of thirty-six. He was appointed by President Washington
collector of the port of Brunswick in August, 1789, a position he held until
his death. He was one of the commissioners of the proposed new state of
Franklin in 1786. Gov. Handley was a brave officer, an ardent patriot, and a
man of ability and culture. He died at Rae's Hall, Ga., the residence of J.
Hammond Sept. 17, 1793."