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This Day in Georgia History

April 02, 1833

Thomas Ruger Born

Georgia military governor Gen. Thomas H. Ruger was born in New York. During Reconstruction, Gen. Meade had removed Georgia governor Charles Jones Jenkins. On Jan. 13, 1868, Meade named Gen. Ruger to serve as acting governor of Georgia. Ruger served as chief executive until July 4, 1868, when newly elected Republican governor Rufus Bullock was sworn into office. Ruger then resumed his military career in the U.S. Army. He died June 3, 1907.