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This Day in Georgia History

January 08, 1783

Lyman Hall Elected Governor

To view a portrait of Lyman Hall, see the Digital Library of Georgia.

Georgia signer of the Declaration of Independence Lyman Hall was elected governor. Born Apr. 12, 1724 in Wallingford, Conn., he received a college education and learned the practice of medicine. In 1752, he moved first to South Carolina and then to Sunbury, Georgia. By the 1770s, Hall was part of the revolutionary movement in Georgia, serving as a delegate to the Continental Congress.After the Revolution, he served as governor (1783-84) and later as a judge. In 1790, Hall bought a plantation in Burke County, where he died on Oct.17, 1790. In Dec. 1818, the General Assembly created a new county that was named in his honor. In 1848, the city of Augusta built a 50-foot-tall Signers Monument in the middle of Greene St. and moved the remains of Hall and George Walton to the site.