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This Day in Georgia History

July 09, 1793

Charles J. McDonald Born

Future Georgia governor and supreme court justice Charles J. McDonald was born in Charleston, S.C. His parents moved to Hancock County, Georgia, the year after his birth. Here, McDonald began a varied career that would include lawyer, prosecutor, judge, state militia general, state representative, state senator, governor (1839-43), wealthy planter, and finally supreme court justice (1855-59). As early as 1848, McDonald predicted that southern states would form a confederacy, and in 1850 he ran again for governor on a pro-secession platform. Ironically, he died four days before South Carolina seceded.