GEORGE WALTON signed the Declaration of Independence as a representative of Georgia, along with Button Gwinnett and Lyman Hall, and also served as the second Chief Executive for the state. His actual birthdate is unknown but some have put it in the range of 1740 – 1750. He died on February 2, 1804. He studied law in Savanah. He was elected Secretary of the Georgia Provincial Congress and became president of the Council of Safety. In 1776, he served as a delegate to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia, a position he held until the end of 1778. During the Revolutionary War, he was in the battalion of General Robert Howe. He was injured and taken prisoner during the Battle of Savannah in 1778. After his wound healed, the British sent him to Sunbury Prison. He was exchanged in October 1779. Walton was elected Governor of Georgia in October 1779. In November 1795, he was appointed to the United States Senate. He and Gwinnett had numerous political battles, which resulted in Walton’s expulsion from office and an indictment for various criminal activities. He was later censured for his support of a duel that resulted in Gwinnett’s death at the hands of Lachlan McIntosh.
12 x 7 1/4 partly-printed DS for non-payment of a debt and directed to Walton as the Chief Justice of the state, June 30th, 1782, involving ANTHONY WALTON WHITE (July 7, 1750 – February 10, 1803), a Brigadier General in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War who had previously served as a temporary aide-de-camp to George Washington. White was present with General Anthony Wayne in the movement before Savannah. The debt also involved Raymond Demere of Georgia.
Light expected toning. One small fold tear reinforced with archival tape. Boldly signed by George Walton.
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