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This Day in Georgia History

May 20, 1820

Horatio Marbury Died

Planter and former secretary of state Horatio Marbury died in Jefferson County, Georgia. Little is known of Marbury’s early life. He came to Georgia in the early 1770s, was active in the Revolutionary War, and became a successful planter after the war. Marbury’s public career began in 1796 working in the secretary of state’s office. In 1799, the legislature elected Marbury as Georgia’s second secretary of state – a post he would hold for twelve years under six different governors. As secretary of state he and William H. Crawford were primarily responsible for producing Georgia’s first official digest of laws. Upon retirement, Marbury returned to his plantation in Jefferson County, where he died in 1820.

To view a letter from John Milledge to Marbury, see the Digital Library of Georgia.