Ordained to ministry, 1749, dismissed from his pulpit, 1751, then reinstated, filled various vacant pulpits for 2 years, then abandoned ministry and studied medicine. Moved to Georgia as part of a South Carolina. colony, about 1756. Member Provincial Congress Georgia, 1775.
Took part in colonizing Midway District Georgia. Delegate to Continental Congress from Georgia, March 1775. Signed Declaration of Independence.
Governor Georgia, 1783. One of early advocates of setting aside public land for purposes higher edn.
Born April 12, 1724