Second of the Founding Fathers to Die

The improbably named Button Gwinnett was the second of the Founding Fathers to depart this vale of tears.  John Morton of Pennsylvania died of tuberculosis on April 1, 1777.

Born in 1735 in England, in 1762 Gwinnet and his wife departed England for Charleston, South Carolina.  A merchant, in 1765 he left that trade and purchased a plantation in Georgia, the youngest of the 13 colonies.  In 1769 he was elected to the provincial legislature.   Sent as a delegate from Georgia to the Second Continental Congress, he signed the Declaration of Independence.

Back in Georgia he was elected Speaker of the Georgia Assembly.  After the death of the President (Governor) of Georgia he was elevated to that position.  He did not have long to enjoy it, receiving a mortal wound in a duel with arch political foe Lachlan McIntosh following a dispute arising out of a failed invasion of East Florida and dying on May 19, 1777. (more…)

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Published in: on January 17, 2018 at 5:30 am  Comments Off on Second of the Founding Fathers to Die  
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