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This Day in Georgia History

February 19, 1808

David Emanuel Died

Politician David Emanuel died in Burke County, Georgia. Little is known about his early years, except that he was probably born in Pennsylvania around 1743. At some point, his family moved to Georgia. Emanuel served in the Revolution, both as a soldier and a member of the executive council. After the war, he represented Burke County in the legislature for many years, also serving in Georgia’s 1789 and 1795 constitutional conventions. In 1796, Emanuel was appointed to the commission to investigate the infamous Yazoo land fraud. As president of the Georgia Senate, Emanuel became governor on March 3, 1801, when Gov. James Jackson resigned to become a U.S. senator. Emanuel served as governor for just over eight months before retiring from politics. He died at his home in 1808. Four years later the Georgia legislature named a new Georgia county in his honor.