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GEORGE WALTON



Our chapter bears the illustrious name of George Walton. Born in Farmville, Virginia around 1740, young George was apprenticed early to a carpenter. George possessed a strong mind and will, and though uncultivated, not having the advantages of a good scholastic education, he was ardently bent on acquiring knowledge. When the carpenter refused him the privilege of a candle to read by at night, he collected light wood in his leisure moments to burn for light. When his apprenticeship expired, he moved to the province of Georgia and entered the office of a Mr. Young, with whom he pursued the preparatory studies of the profession of law, which he entered into in 1774.

George Walton served as soldier, statesman, senator and jurist and was twice appointed governor of Georgia. In February 1776, Mr. Walton was elected by the convention of Georgia as a delegate to represent the state at Congress. His name was the last signed on the Declaration of Independence, following those of Button Gwinnett and Lyman Hall. These three patriots were known as the illustrious Georgia Trio.

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