James Gunn (senator)

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James Gunn
United States Senator from Georgia
In office
1789–1801
Serving with William Few, James Jackson, George Walton, Josiah Tattnall, Abraham Baldwin
Succeeded by James Jackson
Personal details
Born March 13, 1753
Virginia
Died July 30, 1801(1801-07-30) (aged 48)
Louisville, Georgia

James Gunn (March 13, 1753 – July 30, 1801) was a delegate to the Continental Congress and United States Senate for Georgia.

Gunn was born in Virginia to John and Mary Gunn and became a lawyer. Gunn served in the 1st Continental Dragoons during the Revolutionary War,[1] moved to Georgia after the war, and eventually rose to brigadier general in the Georgia militia of the 1st Division in 1792.[2]

Gunn was selected as a delegate to the Continental Congress in 1787 but never attended sessions. He was elected a United States Senator for the First United States Congress and drew a six-year term in the lottery. He was re-elected in 1795 and served out his second term until March 1801. Shortly after, Gunn died in Louisville, Georgia and is buried at the Old State Capitol.

Tributes[edit]

A World War II liberty ship, the SS James Gunn, ATS-0044 was built in 1942:List of Liberty ships: G-Je

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Smith, p. 297
  2. ^ Smith, p. 297

References[edit]

  • Smith, Gordon Burns, History of the Georgia Militia, 1783-1861, Volume One, Campaigns and Generals, Boyd Publishing, 2000.

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United States Senate
Preceded by
Office created
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Georgia
1789–1801
Served alongside: William Few, James Jackson, George Walton, Josiah Tattnall, Abraham Baldwin
Succeeded by
James Jackson