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Georgia's Royal Governors
Transcript of Georgia's Royal Governors
Royal Governor Georgia's
Last Governor James Wright 1760-1782 The third and last royal governor.
He was popular and a great administrator who played a key role in in Georgia during the American Revolution.
He played a great role in land cessions, purchasing 11 plantations, a total of 25,000 acres.
During the Revolutionary movement, despite his popularity, he proved powerless to stop it and was arrested by Georgia rebels. He was able to escape to a British warship and returned to London. Known as "Georgia's second founder"
Georgians greeted him with enthusiasm when he arrived in February 1757.
Immediately began to guide the members of the legislature by dividing the province into eight parishes, each with its own delegates to the assembly.
Helped to sign a treaty with the Creeks in 1763. Drafted the royal proclamation of
1763, which forbid settlement to the west of
the Appalachian mountains, protecting Indian
lands and trade.
This extended Georgia's boundaries to the St. Mary's River in the South and the Mississippi River in the West.
Poor health forced him to leave the colony.
He was rewarded for his great service by receiving several sinecures
guaranteeing a bright future. Henry Ellis 1757-1760 John
Reynolds 1754-1757 Reynolds established a structure of
royal government that included courts,
a council, and the Commons House of Assembly.
But his military efforts proved less than successful in the wake of the Seven Years War.
Reynolds quickly angered the council as he refused to share official instructions that outlined the new royal govt. of Georgia.
Reynolds publicly proclaimed that his intentions were to leave Georgia the minute a more profitable appointment came his way.
A letter from Jonathan Bryan reached the Board of
Trade and Reynolds was voted back to England to give
testimony about his actions.
When his case was heard, he received no punishment.
-Reynolds arrived in Savannah on
Oct. 29,1754 and his presence was celebrated.
-Georgia desired a more dependable government, territorial expansion, border protection, and a profitable economy.
-But, Reynolds saw a poor colony that
would drain his personal salary. Who were Georgia’s royal governors
and what impact did each of them
have on the development
of Georgia as a royal colony? Georgia's First
Royal Governor Exit Slip How would you feel if you had to fill the shoes of one of the royal governors of GA?
His administration created great hardship for Georgians, initiated a loss of revenue, and gave the colony a negative image for potential immigrants.
Nevertheless, Georgians gained the important lessons about cooperation and their ability to challenge
royal administration. Wright did return to British-occupied
Savannah in 1779; however, the British lacked the
resources and manpower to fight the Revolution in GA
and Wright was unable to govern effectively.
Royal government ended in GA when the British
evacuated Savannah on July 11, 1782. Wright
sailed for London and never returned. Mix Freeze Group Activity