James Gunn (1753 - 1801)

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Birthplace: Virginia
Death: Died in Louisville, GA, USA
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About James Gunn


Gunn (March 13, 1753 – July 30, 1801) was a delegate to the Continental Congress and United States Senate for Georgia.

Gunn was born in Virginia to John and Mary Gunn. After being educated to the law, he moved and began the practice of law in Savannah, Georgia. Gunn served in militia dragoon units during the Revolutionary War, and eventually rose to brigadier general in the Georgia militia.

Gunn was selected as a delegate to the Continental Congress in 1787 but never attended sessions. He was elected a United States Senator for the First United States Congress and drew a six year term in the lottery. He was re-elected in 1795 and served out his second term until March 1801. Shortly after, Gunn died in Louisville, Georgia and is buried at the Old State Capitol.

A World War liberty ship, the SS James Gunn, ATS-0044 was named for him.

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James Gunn, U.S. Senator's Timeline

March 13, 1753
July 30, 1801
Age 48
Louisville, GA, USA