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This Day in Georgia History

January 18, 1776

James Wright Arrested

Even though the Whigs had voted to close Savannah to British ships five months earlier, several British warships arrived at the port. Royal governor James Wright told the Whigs the Royal Navy vessels were there simply to pick up provisions, and if allowed to proceed, nothing would happen. The Whigs, however, didn’t believe this explanation and ordered the arrest of Gov. Wright and his council. Young Joseph Habersham volunteered to carry out the arrest. Marching past the guard at the governor’s house, Habersham walked in unannounced and proclaimed to Wright, “Sir James, you are my prisoner!” Wright was then placed under house arrest, though within a month he would escape to a waiting British ship.

To read a publication on James Wright in Georgia, see the Digital Library of Georgia.