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This Day in Georgia History

November 07, 1823

George Troup Sworn In

George M. Troup was sworn in as governor of Georgia. Born in McIntosh Bluff, Ga. (a site now in Alabama) on Sept. 8, 1780, Troup graduate from the College of New Jersey in 1797, after which he read law in Savannah. After being admitted to the bar, he became interested in politics and was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives (1801-03) and to the U.S. House of Representatives (1807-15). He served in the U.S. Senate (1816-18) before returning to Georgia. In 1823, the General Assembly elected Troup to a two-year term as governor. After passage of a constitutional amendment providing for popular election of the governor, Troup became Georgia’s first governor elected by the voters in 1825. He returned to the U.S. Senate in 1829, but resigned in 1833 to take care of his personal estate. He died in Montgomery County on Apr. 26, 1856. Troup is remembered by a county named in his honor by the legislature in 1826.