Future Georgia governor Jared Irwin was born in 1750 in Mecklenburg County, N.C. At an early age Irwin moved with his family to Burke County, Georgia. He fought in the American Revolution, rising to the rank of colonel. After the war, he settled in Washington County, Georgia. Subsequently, he held a variety of political offices, including serving as a delegate to the Georgia convention that ratified the U.S. Constitution. In 1796, the General Assembly elected Irwin governor. Perhaps his most noteworthy action was signing the act repealing the Yazoo Act and then participating in the ceremonial burning of the act on the grounds of Georgia’s statehouse in Louisville. Irwin died in Washington County, Georgia on March 1, 1818.