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RABUN, William, statesman, born in Halifax county, North Carolina, 8 April, 1771; died at Powelton, Hancock County, Georgia, 24 October, 1819. To this place his father had removed from North Carolina when he was a youth. The son was frequently elected to the legislature. In 1817 he was president of the state senate, and as such became ex-officio governor of the state on the resignation of Governor Mitchell. In the following year he was elected to the same post by popular vote, and died in office. While he was governor he had a sharp correspondence with General Andrew Jackson growing, out of the Seminole war, then in progress. Governor Rabun's devotion to the church of which he was a member was not surpassed by his fidelity as a civilian. While he was governor he performed the duties of chorister and clerk in the Baptist church at Powelton.
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