Governor George Handley

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Governor George Handley

Birthdate: (41)
Birthplace: Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: September 17, 1793 (41)
Savannah, Chatham, Georgia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Handley and Mary Milner
Husband of Sarah Howe
Father of Elizabeth Nesmith

Occupation: 21st Governor of Georgia
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About Governor George Handley

George Handley (February 9, 1752 – September 17, 1793) was an American politician.

He was born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, in 1752 and moved to Savannah, Georgia in 1775. During the American Revolutionary War, Handley served in the 1st Georgia Regiment of the Continental Army, rising to the rank of captain. He was taken prisoner at Augusta, Georgia on September 18, 1780. At the conclusion of the war he was brevetted a major.

Handley served as the 21st Governor of Georgia from 1788 to 1789 and was instrumental in the drafting of Georgia's state constitution.

George Handley was a Freemason and member of Solomon's Lodge No. 1, F. & A. M. at Savannah, Georgia. Solomon's Lodge No. 1, F. & A. M. was established on February 21, 1734 by the renowned Freemason and founder of the Colony of Georgia James Edward Oglethorpe. Solomon's Lodge, No. 1, F. & A. M. is now the "Oldest Continuously Operating English Constituted Lodge of Freemasons in the Western Hemisphere".

Handley died near Rae's Hall Plantation near Savannah in 1793. His burial place is now unknown but is presumed to be in Savannah.

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Governor George Handley's Timeline

February 9, 1752
Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
March 7, 1773
Age 21
Screven County, GA
September 17, 1793
Age 41
Savannah, Chatham, Georgia, United States