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This Day in Georgia History

November 09, 1789

Edward Telfair Sworn In

Edward Telfair was sworn into office for his second term as Georgia governor. Born in Scotland around 1735, he immigrated to Georgia in 1766. He became a successful Savannah merchant. Telfair became active in the Whig movement, serving as a delegate to the first and second provincial congresses. During the Revolution, he served as a delegate to the Continental Congress (1778-1782) and was one of Georgia’s signers of the Articles of Confederation. In 1786, the legislature elected Telfair as governor. During his one-year term, he was an active force in having Georgia’s capital moved from Savannah to Augusta. He was again elected governor in 1789 and reelected for three additional terms. Telfair died in Savannah on Sept. 17, 1807. Three months after his death, the General Assembly created a new county and name it in Telfair’s honor.