Governor of Georgia (1778, 1784).
Studied law, was admitted to the bar, and began to practice law in Savannah.
One of four originators of the “Sons of Liberty,” who called the first revolutionary meeting in 1774. Delegate to the Provincial Congress of Georgia (1775), and to the Continental Congress (1775). Member of the executive council (1777).
Member of the first board of trustees of the University of Georgia. Chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court (1786). Appointed to the commission that determined the boundary line between Georgia and South Carolina (1787). Justice for Chatham County (1787). Mayor of Savannah (1789-1790). Superior Court Judge (1792).
Born in Waynesboro, Georgia.