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This Day in Georgia History

August 24, 1721

Henry Ellis Born

To view a document signed by Henry Ellis, see the Digital Library of Georgia.

Henry Ellis - Georgia’s second royal governor - was born in Ireland. After a career at sea, Ellis was appointed to replace John Reynolds as Georgia’s royal governor after Reynolds resigned. Ellis arrived in Georgia on Feb. 16, 1757. However, he found the colony’s heat excessive and requested to be relieved of his appointment. In October 1760, James Wright arrived in Savannah to become Georgia’s third and last royal governor. Ellis returned to England, after which he traveled extensively in Europe. He died on Jan. 21, 1806, in Naples, Italy.