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CLAY, Joseph, soldier, born in Savannah, Georgia, in 1741; died there, 16 January, 1805. He was a member of the revolutionary committee of 1774-'5, a colonel in the army, and paymaster-general of the southern department. He was a member of the Continental congress from 1778 till 1780, when he resigned, and was afterward a county judge.--His son, Joseph, clergyman, born in Savannah, Georgia, 16 August, 1764; died in Boston, Massachusetts, 11 January, 1811. He was graduated at Princeton in 1784 with the highest honor in his class. Returning to Savannah, he studied law, and, having been admitted to the bar, soon became eminent in his profession. In 1796 he was appointed United States district judge for Georgia, holding that office until 1801, when he resigned. In 1803 he made a profession of religion, uniting with the Baptist church in Savannah. In 1804 he was ordained to the ministry as assistant pastor of Dr. Holcombe, and in 1807 was invited to the pastorate of the 1st Baptist church in Boston, just vacated by the death of Dr. Stillman. His health beginning to decline, he resigned his charge in 1809, and died soon afterward. Mr. Clay was a member of the Georgia convention of 1798, and was very influential in framing the constitution of that state. He was eminent as a lawyer and a judge, and was also one of the most eloquent preachers of his day.
Joseph Clay Sr. was NOT born in Savannah in 1741; he was born in Beverly,
Yorkshire (England). He was a Colonel in the Continental Army.
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