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IRWIN, Jared, statesman, born in Mecklenburg county, North Carolina, in 1750; died in Union, Washington County, Georgia, 1 March, 1818. He removed in early boyhood with his parents to Burke county, Georgia, was an ardent patriot, and served in a Georgia regiment during the last four years of the Revolutionary war, afterward commanding a detachment of Georgia militia on the frontier, and against the Creek Indians. About 1788 he removed to Washington county, Georgia, was a member of the first legislature that convened after the independence of the colonies was established, was in that body almost continuously, except while he was governor for the state, from 1790 till 1811, and frequently was president of the senate. He was a member of the State constitutional conventions of 1789, 1795, and 1798, and was president of the last named. In 1796 he became governor, and his administration was marked by the rescinding of the " Yazoo law" that had been passed by a previous corrupt legislature. He was re-elected governor in 1806.
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