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This Day in Georgia History

March 04, 1777

Button Gwinnett Elected President of Council of Safety

Button Gwinnett was elected as Georgia’s second president of the Council of Safety. This office, first filled by Archibald Bulloch, had been created by Georgia’s Provincial Congress as chief executive of the patriot government that replaced Britain’s colonial government. Subsequently, by signing the Declaration of Independence, Georgia declared itself to be a free and independent state – making Bulloch Georgia’s first state governor. However, he died suddenly in late February 1777, and Button Gwinnett was elected to succeed him.

To view an image of a Button Gwinnett signature, see the Georgia Archives