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Governor David Littleberry Emanuel, Jr.

Birthdate: (64)
Birthplace: Somerset, Somerset County, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: February 19, 1808 (64)
Waynesboro, Burke County, Georgia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of David Emanuel, Sr. and Martha Ann Emanuel
Husband of Ann Emanuel
Father of Asenath Whitaker; Ann Emanuel Whitaker; Mary Martha Whitaker; Lewis Whitaker and John Whitaker
Brother of Elizabeth Nowland; Amos Emanuel; John Emanuel; Asa Emanuel; Levi Emanuel and 3 others
Half brother of Amos Emanuel; John Emanuel; Levi Emanuel; Rebecca Walker; Ruth Leigh Twiggs and 1 other

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About David Emanuel, Governor

A Patriot of the American Revolution for GEORGIA with the rank of CAPTAIN. DAR Ancestor #: A036347

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Emanuel_(Governor_of_Georgia)

David Emanuel (January 1, 1744 – February 19, 1808) became 24th Governor of Georgia on March 3, 1801 upon the resignation of James Jackson to become U.S. Senator from Georgia. Emanuel served until November 7, 1801, the remainder of Jackson's term, but did not seek re-election.


Emanuel was a member of the Democratic Republican Party and was the first Jewish governor of any U.S. state. Prior to serving as governor he was the President of the Georgia Senate.


Few details of Emanuel's early life are known, but according to the Georgia State Archives he was born in 1744 in Pennsylvania. He served as a captain and colonel in the Georgia Militia during the American Revolution under the command of his brother-in-law general John Twiggs and represented his home county of Burke County in the Georgia legislature.


Emanuel also served on the commission that investigated the Yazoo land scandal. Emanuel County, Georgia is named in his honor.


David Emanuel (1744 – February 19, 1808) became 24th Governor of Georgia on March 3, 1801 upon the resignation of James Jackson to become U.S. Senator from Georgia. Emanuel served until November 7, 1801

Some historians believe Emanuel was the first Jew to hold the office of Governor of one of the United States.

He served as a captain and colonel in the Georgia Militia during the American Revolution under the command of his brother-in-law general John Twiggs. During the war, he is reported to have been captured by loyalists and barely escaped execution. He represented his home county of Burke County in the Georgia legislature.


David Emanuel became 24th Governor of Georgia on March 3, 1801 upon the resignation of James Jackson to become U.S. Senator from Georgia. Emanuel served until November 7, 1801, the remainder of Jackson's term, but did not seek re-election. Emanuel was a member of the Democratic Republican Party. Prior to serving as governor he was the President of the Georgia Senate.

Some historians believe Emanuel to be the first governor of Jewish heritage of any U.S. state, while others believe that he was Presbyterian. One early claim that he was Jewish seems to have been based mainly on hearsay in Savannah, Georgia, and a letter from a descendant of David Emanuel's sister Ruth Emanuel Twiggs, Judge H.D.D. Twiggs of Savannah, who stated, "I do not know where Governor David Emanuel came from, I only know that, beyond doubt, he was a Jew." Judge Twiggs was born some years after David Emanuel had died, and so would not have had first hand knowledge of his heritage.

At least one person of Jewish heritage married into the Twiggs family, that being Abraham Myers who married David Emanuel Twiggs's daughter, Marion. Another rationale given for Emanuel having Jewish ancestry is the preponderance of Old Testament names in the Emanuel family tree. Other researchers believe that David Emanuel was Presbyterian and of Welsh heritage. His family was closely associated with the Welsh community that originally settled in Chester County, Pennsylvania around 1700.[6] One Emanuel family researcher has found evidence that David Emanuel was a grandson of Emanuel Jones, of Wales, and believes that the name "Emanuel" became the family surname because of the idiosyncrasies of the Welsh patronymic naming system. The use of Old Testament names was actually common among Protestant Christians in some parts of Wales. Emanuel Jones was at one time a trustee of the Charlestown, Pennsylvania, Presbyterian Church.

Few details of Emanuel's early life are known, but according to the Georgia State Archives he was born in 1744 in Pennsylvania. He served as a captain and colonel in the Georgia Militia during the American Revolution under the command of his brother-in-law general John Twiggs. During the war, he is reported to have been captured by loyalists and barely escaped execution. He represented his home county of Burke County in the Georgia legislature.

Emanuel also served on the commission that investigated the Yazoo land scandal. Emanuel County, Georgia is named in his honor. After Governor James Jackson resigned in 1801 to take a seat in the U.S. Senate, Emanuel, as president of the state senate, became acting governor. Overall he served three times as President of the Georgia Senate

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David Emanuel, Governor's Timeline

1744
January 1744
Somerset, Somerset County, Pennsylvania, United States
1772
1772
Age 28
Burke County, Georgia, United States
1777
1777
Age 33
Georgia, United States
1808
February 19, 1808
Age 64
Waynesboro, Burke County, Georgia, United States
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