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MILTON, John, soldier, born about 1740. He fought during the Revolutionary war, and had attained the rank of lieutenant, when, in February, 1777, at the surrender of Fort Howe, Georgia, to the British and Indians, he, with Lieutenant William Caldwell, was given up as a hostage, and confined nine months in the castle at St. Augustine, Florida lie afterward became a captain, and was secretary of state of Georgia, when, on 6 December, 1778, he removed the public records to Purrysburg, by order of the governor, at the approach of the British. At the close of the war he became a planter, and was active in politics. He was again chosen secretary of state by the legislature in 1781 and in 1783, and in 1789 he received two votes of the Georgia electors for first president of the United States.
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