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This Day in Georgia History

November 07, 1827

John Forsyth Sworn In

John Forsyth was sworn in as governor of Georgia. Born in Fredericksburg, Va. on Oct. 22, 1780, his family moved to Augusta, Georgia in 1785. Forsyth graduated from Princeton in 1799 and returned to Augusta to read law. Admitted to the bar in 1802, Forsyth became more interested in politics than law and embarked on an ambitious political career that included service as Georgia attorney general (1808-10), U.S. Representatives (1813-18 and 1823-27), U.S. Ambassador to Spain (1819-23), governor of Georgia (1823-27), U.S. Senator (1829-34), and U.S. Secretary of State (1834-41). He died in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 21, 1841. In his honor, the General Assembly created Forsyth County in 1832 from lands formerly in the Cherokee Nation.

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