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REYNOLDS, John, British naval officer, born in England about 1700; died there in January, 1776. He entered the navy at an early age, and rose through successive ranks to rear-admiral of the blue. While holding the rank of captain in the royal navy, he was appointed the first colonial governor of Georgia on 6 August, 1754, under the plan for the civil government of the province that had recently been framed by the commissioners for trade and plantations. He landed at Savannah on 29 October, 1754, and on 7 January, 1755, called together the first legislative assembly of the province. Captain Reynolds secured the friendship of the Indians, established courts of law, and set in operation the new charter, but resigned in February, 1757. on account of a disagreement with the council. He secured the friendship of the Indian tribes of the state, established courts of judicature, and on 8 January, 1755, called together the first legislature of Georgia.
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