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(c. 1735–77), American patriot, born in Gloucester, England. As a young man he exported goods to the American colonies. He immigrated to Charleston, S.C., and about 1765 bought a plantation on Saint Catherines Island, Ga. He was politically active early in the revolutionary movement in Georgia, became a member of the Continental Congress, and was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. From 1776 to 1777 he was a member of the convention that met to frame the Georgia constitution. He was killed in a duel with the American general Lachlan McIntosh (1725–1806), his successful rival for the command of revolutionary troops from Georgia.

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