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HANDLEY, George, governor of Georgia, born near Sheffield, England, 9 February, 1752; died in Rae's Hall, Georgia, 17 September, 1793. He arrived in Savannah in May, 1775, joined the Georgia continental battery as captain in 1776, and rose to be lieutenant-colonel. He was actively engaged in South Carolina and Georgia during the Revolution, and was captured at Augusta and sent to Charleston as a prisoner of war. He was afterward sheriff of Richmond county, often a member of the legislature, and in 1787 was inspector-general. He was elected governor of the state in 1788, and from August, 1789, till his death, was collector of the port of Brunswick. He was also a commissioner to the proposed state of Frankland about 1785.
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