George Walton

George Walton (abt. 1749 - 1804)

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George Walton
Born about in Cumberland County, Virginiamap [uncertain]
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Husband of — married about [location unknown]
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Died in Augusta, Richmond, Georgia, United States of Americamap
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Categories: Courthouse Grounds, Augusta, Georgia | Signers of the United States Declaration of Independence | US Senators from Georgia | Special Improvement Projects | Georgia Governors | Namesakes US Counties | Georgia Notables | American Founding Fathers | NSSAR Patriot Ancestors.

George Walton is Notable.
George Walton was a Founding Father in the American Revolution
George Walton is an NSSAR Patriot Ancestor.
NSSAR Ancestor #: P-312975
Rank: Signer, Declaration of Independence
Preceded by
1st Governor
William Ewen

8th Governor
John Wereat

21st Governor
George Handley

Preceded by
James Jackson
George Walton
2nd Governor
of Georgia
Seal of the State of Georgia
Acting Governor

2nd Governor

US Senator (Class 2)
from Georgia
Seal of the US Senate
Succeeded by
1st Governor
William Ewen

9th Governor
Richard Howly

19th Governor
Edward Telfair

Succeeded by
Josiah Tattnall



Early Life

George Walton was born about 1749. [2] [3] Some sources give his birthplace as Cumberland county, Virginia, [2] [3] and others give his birthplace as Frederick county, Virginia. [4] His parents were Robert Walton Jr. and Mary Hughes. [3]

He became an orphan at a young age. [3] In September 1760 John Hughes became his guardian. [3]

On August 19, 1765 he began serving an apprenticeship under Christopher Ford, a carpenter. [4] [3]

His uncle, George Walton, oversaw his education and welfare until he moved to Savannah, Georgia in 1769. [3]


George married Dorothy Camber in 1775. [3] They had two children:

  1. Thomas Camber b. 1776 [3]
  2. George Jr. b. 1786 [3]

Political Career

In Savannah, Georgia he studied law and became a lawyer in 1774. [2] [4]

George was secretary of the Provincial Congress in 1775, became a member on the committee of intelligence and the council of safety in 1775.

He was a member of the Continental Congress from February 1776 to 1777 and from 1780 to October 1781. [2] [4] George Walton went on to become a signer of the Declaration of Independence. [2]

He served in the Revolutionary War as a colonel in the First Georgia Battalion. [2] He was wounded in the thigh in 1778 while defending Savannah, Georgia, from the British. [4] His wound caused him to fall from his horse and he was captured. [2] [4] [5] In September 1779 he was exchanged for a captain of the navy. [4]

George became Governor of Georgia in 1779. [2]

He became chief justice of Georgia from 1783 - 1789. [2]

He was a member of the Augusta Board of Commissioners from 1784 - 1785. [2]

He was the governor of Georgia in 1789. [2]

He was appointed first judge of the superior courts of the eastern judicial circuit in 1790. [2]

He was appointed to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of James Jackson and served from November 16, 1795, to February 20, 1796. [2] He was a member of the Federalist party. [2]

He was a trustee of Richmond Academy and of the University of Georgia. [2]

He was appointed judge of the superior circuit of Georgia and served from 1799 until his death. [2]


He died on February 2, 1804, at his home, College Hill, near Augusta, Georgia. [2] [4] He was initially buried at Rosney Cemetery, in Rosney, Richmond county, Virginia, home of his nephew Robert Watkins. [2] He was reinterred in 1848 beneath the Signers Monument in front of the courthouse on Greene Street in Augusta, Georgia. [2]

The offices he held were: Continental Congress (1776–78) Colonel of the First Georgia Militia (1778) Governor of Georgia (1779–80) U.S. Congress (1780–1781) Chief Justice of Georgia (1783–89) Governor of Georgia (1789–90) U.S. Senator (1795–96)


  • Walton County, Georgia is named in his honor.

Research Notes

  • Had a cousin Matthew Walton. [2]

Sources Wanted

  • Most information online uses George Walton: A Political Biography as the source. I can't seem to find a copy of it online, but it is available in a few libraries. - Nelson-3486 14:00, 1 December 2016 (EST)
  • Biographical Directory of the United States Congress [2] cites the following sources:
    • Dictionary of American Biography
    • Bridges, Edwin. “George Walton: A Political Biography.” Ph.D. dissertation, University of Chicago, 1981
    • Lamplugh, George R. “George Walton, Chief Justice of Georgia, 1783-1785.” Georgia Historical Quarterly 65 (Summer 1981): 82-91.
  • Senators of the United States: A Historical Bibliography, p. 290 gives cites these additional sources:
    • Cashin, Edward J., Jr. "George Walton and the Forged Letter." Georgia Historical Quarterly 62 (Summer 1978): 133-45.
    • Melichamp, Josephine. "George Walton." In Senators from Georgia, pp. 37-42. Huntsville, AL: Strode Publishers, 1976.
  • The article for George Walton on the New Georgia Encyclopedia [5] lists the following additional sources:
    • Edwin C. Bridges, Georgia's Signers and the Declaration of Independence (Atlanta: Cherokee, 1981).
    • Kenneth Coleman, The American Revolution in Georgia, 1763-1789 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1958).
    • James F. Cook, The Governors of Georgia, 1754-2004, 3d ed. (Macon, Ga.: Mercer University Press, 2005).


  1. Officially, President of the Council of Safety, counted in official lists as the 2nd governor.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, George Walton.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 Wilmer L. Kerns, Waltons of Old Virginia : and Sketches of Families in Central Virginia (2005), pp. 21 - 22, 54 - 55.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 Charles A. Goodrich, Lives of the signers to the Declaration of independence (1841), pp. 458 - 460.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Stan Deaton, "George Walton (ca. 1749-1804)", New Georgia Encyclopedia, ( : 16 August 2016).

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