Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Button Gwinnett

Portrait by Nathaniel Hone
Button Gwinnett (1735 – May 19, 1777) was an English-born American political leader who, as a representative of Georgia to the Continental Congress, was the second of the signatories (first signature on the left) on the United States Declaration of Independence. He was also, briefly, the provisional president of Georgia in 1777, and Gwinnett County (now a major suburb of metropolitan Atlanta) was named for him. Gwinnett was killed in a duel by a rival, Lachlan McIntosh, following a dispute after a failed invasion of East Florida.

“Plowed this forenoon on the corn ground.  Went over and helped Will plant theirs this afternoon.  Looks a little rainy this afternoon.”

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