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This Day in Georgia History

April 22, 1837

David Brydie Mitchell Died

To view an image of Mitchell’s home, see the Georgia Archives

Politician and jurist David Brydie Mitchell died in Milledgeville, Georgia. Born in Scotland on Oct. 22, 1766, Mitchell came to Georgia in 1782 to assume ownership of land left him by his uncle. Mitchell soon became a fierce devotee of his new country, becoming a U.S. citizen in 1789. He served three terms in the Georgia legislature, two as a representative and one in the Senate. In 1809, the General Assembly elected Mitchell governor in 1809 and again in 1811. Ironically one of the pieces of legislation Mitchell supported as governor was a measure to outlaw dueling. Like a number of other Georgia politicians, he had been involved in a duel in 1802, in which he killed his opponent. Mitchell also foresaw trouble with England after his re-election in 1811, and was praised for having Georgia’s frontier fortifications prepared. Mitchell went on to serve one more term as governor (1815 to 1817), and then was appointed U.S. agent to the Creek Indians. He was dismissed from this post after being erroneously accused of slave smuggling. In 1828, Mitchell became inferior court judge of Baldwin County. He returned to the Georgia legislature in 1836 as a senator representing the new States Rights party. Mitchell died and was buried in Milledgeville the following year.