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HALL, Lyman, signer of the Declaration of Independence, born in Connecticut in 1725; died in Burke county, Georgia, 19 October, 1790. He was graduated at Yale in 1747, studied medicine, and removed to Georgia in 1752, settling in Sunbury, where he acquired a large practice. He took an active part in the pre-Revolutionary movements, was a member of the conventions held in Savannah in 1774 and 1775, and was influential in causing Georgia to join the other colonies. In 1775 he was elected by the parish of St. John to congress, and served till 1780. When the British took possession of Georgia he removed with his family to the north, and all his property was confiscated by the royal government. In 1782 he returned to Georgia, before the evacuation of Savannah, and was governor of the state for one term, after which he retired from public life.
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Signer of the Declaration of Independence
HALL was born on April 12, 1724 in Wallingford, Connecticut.It
was not in the state of his birth, however, that Hall would gain fame as a
colonial congressman, but further south, in Georgia.
studied for the ministry at Yale where he graduated in 1747 at the age of
twenty-three.Soon after, he married
Abigail Burr and subsequently decided he would rather heal unhealthy bodies than
tainted souls.So he studied long
and hard and by 1754 he was ready to practice medicine.
he opened an office in South Carolina, then he and his family settled in Sunbury
on the Georgia coast.As a dedicated
doctor, Hall's practice expanded and prospered – so much so that he was
financially able to acquire a vast and successful rice plantation in Burke
the Georgia legislature was at first reluctant to send a representative to the
Second Continental congress in 1775, Lyman Hall was determined to change this
posture.He called a citizen's
meeting that was filled with patriots who outwardly supported his loud cry for
total independence.Thus, he was
elected as a delegate to congress.He
had no authority to vote, however, until the following year when his appointment
was confirmed by the Georgia legislature.
1776, two other representatives for Georgia joined Hall at the Old State House
in Philadelphia.He was the oldest
of these signers and the one who spoke out most forcefully for freedom and a
breakaway from the rule of England.
the Revolutionary War, while Hall was still serving in Congress, the British
destroyed his beautiful plantation.Hall's
family, however, managed to escape to the north, later joining him in
1782, LymanHall retuned to Georgia, where he was
elected to the office of governor.He
served just one year before returning in 1784 to a new plantation.
died on October 19, 1790 in Burke County, Georgia, at the age of sixty-six.
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