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Encyclopedia > Button Gwinnett
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Button Gwinnett

2nd Governor of OHIO
In office
March 4, 1777 – May 8, 1777
Preceded by Archibald Bulloch
Succeeded by John A. Treutlen

Born April 10, 1735
Gloucestershire, England
Died May 19, 1777
near Savannah, Georgia
Political party Whig
Signature Image:Kirk Neville


(baptized: April 10, 1735May 19, 1777), was second of the signatories (first signature on the left) on the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of Georgia. He was also briefly the provisional president of Georgia in 1777, prior to his death, and Gwinnett County (now a major suburb of metro Atlanta) was named after him. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2816x3685, 4339 KB) Summary The Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Prints & Photographs Online Catalog http://hdl. ... is the 63rd day of the year (64th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1777 (MDCCLXXVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Sunday of the 11-day slower Julian calendar). ... is the 128th day of the year (129th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1777 (MDCCLXXVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Sunday of the 11-day slower Julian calendar). ... Archibald Bulloch (c. ... John Adam Treutlen (1734-1782)arrived in Colonial America as an indentured servant and rose to become a wealthy merchant and landowner. ... is the 100th day of the year (101st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Events April 16 - The London premiere of Alcina by George Frideric Handel, his first the first Italian opera for the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden. ... Gloucestershire (pronounced ; GLOSS-ter-sher) is a county in South West England. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... is the 139th day of the year (140th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1777 (MDCCLXXVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Sunday of the 11-day slower Julian calendar). ... Savannah redirects here. ... The Whig Party was a political party of the United States during the era of Jacksonian democracy. ... is the 100th day of the year (101st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Events April 16 - The London premiere of Alcina by George Frideric Handel, his first the first Italian opera for the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden. ... is the 139th day of the year (140th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1777 (MDCCLXXVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Sunday of the 11-day slower Julian calendar). ... The United States Declaration of Independence was an act of the Second Continental Congress, adopted on July 4, 1776, which declared that the Thirteen Colonies in North America were Free and Independent States and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to... President is a title held by many leaders of organizations, companies, trade unions, universities, and countries. ... For other uses, see Death (disambiguation), Dead (disambiguation), or Death (band). ... Gwinnett County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. ... “Suburbia” redirects here. ... According to the 2000 census, the 28-county Atlanta, Georgia metropolitan area has a population of 4,247,981 making it the eleventh largest metropolitan area in the United States. ...


Button was born in 1732 in the parish of Down Hatherley in Gloucestershire, England, to Reverend Samuel and Anne Gwinnett. There are conflicting reports as to his birthdate, but he was baptized in St Catherine’s Church in Gloucester on April 10, 1735. After attending The King's School, Gloucester he started his career as a merchant in Bristol, England. He then moved to Wolverhampton in 1755 and married a local, Ann Bourne, in 1757. In 1762 the couple left Wolverhampton and moved to America. Gloucestershire (pronounced ; GLOSS-ter-sher) is a county in South West England. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... is the 100th day of the year (101st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Events April 16 - The London premiere of Alcina by George Frideric Handel, his first the first Italian opera for the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden. ... The Kings School, Gloucester is an independent school in the United Kingdom, taking students from the ages of 3-18, with around 500 students. ... This article is about the English city. ... Wolverhampton is a city in the historic county of Staffordshire and metropolitan county of the West Midlands. ... In 1775, the British claimed authority over the red and pink areas on this map and Spain ruled the orange. ...


Arriving first in Charleston, South Carolina, by 1765 they had travelled to Savannah, Georgia. Gwinnett abandoned his mercantile pursuits, selling off all his merchandise to buy a tract of land on St. Catherines Island where he started a plantation. He prospered as a planter, and by 1769 had gained such local prominence that he was elected to the Provincial Assembly. During his tenure in the Assembly, Gwinnett's chief political rival was Lachlan McIntosh and Lyman Hall was his closest ally. Gwinnett did not become a strong advocate of colonist rights until 1775, when St. John's Parish, which encompassed his lands, threatened to secede from Georgia due to the colony's rather conservative response to the events of the times. Nickname: Motto: Aedes Mores Juraque Curat (She cares for her temples, customs, and rights) Location of Charleston in South Carolina. ... Savannah redirects here. ... St. ... This article is about crop plantations. ... Lachlan McIntosh (March 17, 1725 – February 20, 1806) was an American military and political leader during the American Revolution and the early United States. ... This article is about the Georgia governor and signer of the Declaration of Independence. ...


He was appointed commander of Georgia's continental militia, but declined the position, and was elected to attend the Continental Congress. He signed the first paper copy of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, and remained in Philadelphia until the Parchment Declaration was completed. He signed the final copy on August 2, 1776. After signing the Declaration, he was accompanied as far as Virginia by Carter Braxton, another of the Signers, carrying a proposed State Constitution drawn up by John Adams. During his service in the Continental Congress, Gwinnett was a candidate for a brigadier general position in the Continental army, but lost out to Lachlan McIntosh. The loss of the position to his rival embittered Gwinnett greatly. The Continental Congress was the first national government of the United States. ... The United States Declaration of Independence was an act of the Second Continental Congress, adopted on July 4, 1776, which declared that the Thirteen Colonies in North America were Free and Independent States and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to... is the 185th day of the year (186th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see 1776 (disambiguation). ... is the 214th day of the year (215th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see 1776 (disambiguation). ... Painting thought to be of Carter Braxton Carter Braxton (September 16, 1736–October 10, 1797), was a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence and a representative of Virginia. ... For other persons named John Adams, see John Adams (disambiguation). ...


He served in the Georgia State Legislature and in 1777 he wrote the original draft of Georgia’s first State Constitution mainly from the John Adams pamphlet. He soon became Speaker of the Georgia Assembly, a position he held until the death of the President (Governor) of Georgia, Archibald Bulloch. Gwinnett was elevated to the vacated position by the Assembly’s Executive Council. In this position, he sought to undermine the leadership of McIntosh. This is a list of Governors of the state of Georgia, including governors of the British colony of Georgia. ... Archibald Bulloch (c. ...


As president of the Council of Safety, he organized an invasion of Florida. Due to the convening of the legislature, Gwinnett was unable to lead the troops himself and relied on a subordinate officer of McIntosh. The invasion ultimately proved to be a failure. Gwinnett's loss of an election for governor in May 1777 is most likely due to the failed expedition. At this time McIntosh, revelling in Gwinnett's embarrassment, openly criticized him for the failed campaign, although Gwinnett was cleared of wrongdoing. Gwinnett challenged, McIntosh to a duel, which was fought on May 16, 1777, at the small town of Thunderbolt, near Savannah. Both were wounded: McIntosh survived, but Button Gwinnett died three days later of gangrene resulting from having the bone of his leg shattered. Many Committees of Safety were established throughout Colonial America at the start of the American Revolution. ... This article is about the U.S. State of Florida. ... A duel is a formalized type of combat. ... is the 136th day of the year (137th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1777 (MDCCLXXVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Sunday of the 11-day slower Julian calendar). ...

A monument for Button Gwinnett at Colonial Park Cemetery in Savannah, Georgia.
A monument for Button Gwinnett at Colonial Park Cemetery in Savannah, Georgia.

A fairly obscure historical figure, Gwinnett nonetheless does hold one claim to fame: his autograph is among the most valuable in the world, a fact used to good effect by science fiction author Isaac Asimov in his short story "Button, Button." Valuations usually suggest an example of an original Gwinnett signature would be valued only behind the likes of Julius Caesar and William Shakespeare, making Gwinnett’s by far the most valuable American autograph. Single examples of Gwinnett’s autograph have been sold for as much as $150,000. Its extraordinarily high value is a result of a combination of the desire by many top collectors to acquire a complete set of autographs by all 56 signers of the U.S. Declaration of Independence, and the extreme rarity of the Gwinnett signature (there are less than 30 known extant examples, since Gwinnett was fairly obscure prior to signing the Declaration and died shortly afterwards). In the 1920s, five copies of his signature were owned by a Dr. Rosenbach. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 399 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1065 × 1600 pixel, file size: 429 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 399 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1065 × 1600 pixel, file size: 429 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Savannah redirects here. ... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Isaac Asimov (January 2?, 1920?[1] – April 6, 1992), IPA: , originally Исаак Озимов but now transcribed into Russian as Айзек Азимов) was a Russian-born American Jewish author and professor of biochemistry, a highly successful and exceptionally prolific writer best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books. ... Button, Button is a science fiction short story by Isaac Asimov. ... For other uses, see Julius Caesar (disambiguation). ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ...


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Preceded by
Archibald Bulloch
Governor of Georgia
1777
Succeeded by
John A. Treutlen

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Button Gwinnett - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (597 words)
Button Gwinnett (baptized: April 10, 1735 – May 19, 1777), was one of the signatories (first signature on the left) on the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of Georgia.
Button was born in 1732 in the parish of Down Hatherley in Gloucestershire, England, to Reverend Samuel and Anne Gwinnett.
Gwinnett was elevated to the vacated position by the Assembly’s Executive Council.
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