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This Day in Georgia History

September 08, 1780

George Troup Born

Georgia politician George M. Troup was born near McIntosh’s Bluff, Georgia (which later became part of Alabama). After graduating from the College of New Jersey in 1797, Troup read law in Savannah, where he was admitted to the bar. In 1801, he was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives (1801-1803), and later served in the U.S. House from 1807 to 1815. Troup then served in the U.S. Senate (1816-1818) before returning to Georgia, where he was elected governor in 1823 and again in 1825, the year the General Assembly named a new county in his honor. Troup returned to the U.S. Senate in 1829, where he actively supported states rights and South Carolina’s attempted nullification of the Tariff of 1828. In 1833, Troup resigned from elective office, although he followed Georgia politics for the rest of his life. Troup died in Montgomery County in 1856.