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This Day in Georgia History

November 09, 1809

David B. Mitchell Elected Governor

David B. Mitchell was elected Georgia governor by the General Assembly for the first of his three two-year terms. Born in Scotland on Oct. 22, 1766, Mitchell moved to Savannah in 1782 to claim property inherited from an uncle. He stayed, read law, and in 1789 he became a citizen and was admitted to the bar. Mitchell became a major general in the state militia. He was also active in politics, serving as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives (1794-98), superior court judge (1798-1801), U.S. attorney (1803-04), member of the Georgia Senate (1804-05), and Georgia governor (1809-13 and 1815-17). Mitchell resigned as governor to become U.S. Creek Agent. His final office was Baldwin County inferior court judge (1828-37). He died in Milledgeville on Apr. 22, 1837.

To view an image of Mitchell’s home, see the Georgia Archives.