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FEW, William, senator, born in Baltimore County, Maryland, 8 June 1748; died in Fishkill, New York, 16 July 1828. He was descended from William Ffew, who came to this country with William Penn. In 1758 the family settled in Orange County, N. C., where he received an excellent education. After studying law he was admitted to the bar, and began practice in Augusta, Georgia In 1776 he was chosen a member of the assembly, and was appointed one of the council. He served in the Revolutionary war as colonel, and distinguished himself in several actions. In 1778 he became surveyor general and presiding judge of the Richmond County court. He was a delegate from Georgia to the Continental congress from 1780 till 1782, and from 1785 till 1788, and a delegate to the convention that framed the Federal constitution in 1787. In 1788 he was elected one of the first two senators from Georgia, and served in that capacity from 4 March 1789, till 2 March 1793. Subsequently he was judge of the circuit court in Georgia from 1794 till 1797, and a member of the convention that framed the constitution of the state of Georgia. In July 1799, he removed to New York, and was elected to the state legislature from 1802 till 1805. Later he became United States commissioner of loans.
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