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BULLOCH, Archibald, lawyer, born in Charleston, South Carolina, about 1730 ; died in Savannah, Georgia, 22 February, 1777. He received a liberal education, studied law, was admitted to the bar, and settled in Georgia. In 1772 he became speaker of the commons house, in 1775 was elected a member of the provincial congress, and became its president, and during the following year he was again called upon to preside over the second provincial congress, and sent as a delegate to the continental congress meeting at Philadelphia. He would have been one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence had not official duties called him home; but he was the first person in Georgia to receive a copy of that document, which he read publicly to the citizens of Savannah. He was chosen first republican president of Georgia, holding that office from 20 June, 1776, till 5 February, 1777, when the state constitution came into existence. Governor Bulloch was one of the most eminent men of his time, and had great influence in shaping the course of his state.--His son, William Bellinger, United States senator, born in Savannah, Georgia, in 1776; died there, 6 March, 1852. He received a classical education, after which he studied law. As a lawyer he became prominent, and in 1809 was elected mayor of Savannah. Subsequently he be- came collector of the port, and during the war of 1812 served in the Savannah heavy artillery. He was appointed to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of William H. Crawford in the United States senate, and served from 24 May, 1813, till 6 December, 1813. From 1816 till 1843 he was president of the state bank of Georgia, having been one of the founders of that institution.
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