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This Day in Georgia History

June 20, 1773

Peter Early Born

To view the Peter Early historical marker, see the Digital Library of Georgia.

Noted antebellum Georgia politician Peter Early was born in Culpepper County, Virginia. Accompanying his parents to Georgia in the early 1790s, Early became a lawyer in Oglethorpe County in 1795. Five years later, he moved to Greene County and continued his law practice. Subsequently, Early was elected to Congress, where he served 3 years. He returned to Georgia to become a judge, and then was elected governor in the midst of the War of 1812. Defeated in a bid for reelection, he was elected to the state senate in 1816 but died the next year. Two years later, the legislature named a new county for him.