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GEORGE WALTON (1808-1893)
GEORGE WALTON (1808-1893) 
Signer of the Declaration of Independence, serving later as Governor, US Senator, and Chief Justice of Georgia

American Revolutionary, Colonel of the First Regiment of the Georgia Militia. Wounded and captured by the British during the siege of Savannah, and later exchanged in 1779. Signer of the Declaration of Independence, serving later as Governor, US Senator, and Chief Justice of Georgia. He was a fierce political opponent of fellow Georgia Signer, Button Gwinnet. He assisted General Lachlan McIntosh during the duel in which Gwinnet was mortally wounded. Superb legal opinion written and signed by Walton, concerning the important issue of banishment and confiscation of property that was enforced on those deemed "traitors" during the revolution. In this case, a former secretary to a Continental Army general who had crossed over to the British side was under banishment by order of the government of South Carolina, and the extract of minutes from the State Council on the reverse asks for Walton's opinion as to whether Georgia should be bound to respect their sister state's edict. Walton upholds the idea that states are bound to uphold each others' laws, and deemed it the "duty" of the governor of Georgia to enforce the South Carolina Act of Banishment in this case. Dated December 16, 1785, and signed "Geo Walton" as Chief Justice. A fantastic Signer document and a significant legal opinion from the first years of American independence! $3900.00*


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