George Handley (politician)
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|18th Governor of Georgia|
January 26, 1788 – January 7, 1789
|Preceded by||George Mathews|
|Succeeded by||George Walton|
February 9, 1752
Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
|Died||September 17, 1793(aged 41)|
|Years of service||1776–1784|
|Unit||1st Georgia Battalion|
|Battles/wars||American Revolutionary War (POW)|
George Handley (February 9, 1752 – September 17, 1793) was an American politician who served as the 18th Governor of Georgia from 1788 to 1789.
Handley was born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, in 1752 and moved to Savannah, Georgia, in 1775. During the American Revolutionary War, he served in the 1st Georgia Battalion of the Continental Army, rising to the rank of captain. He was taken prisoner at Augusta, Georgia on September 18, 1780.
Handley served as the Governor of Georgia from 1788 to 1789 and was instrumental in the drafting of Georgia's state constitution.
George Handley was a Freemason and member of Solomon's Lodge No. 1, F. & A. M. at Savannah, Georgia. Solomon's Lodge No. 1, F. & A. M. was established on February 21, 1734 by the renowned Freemason and founder of the Colony of Georgia James Edward Oglethorpe. Solomon's Lodge, No. 1, F. & A. M. is now the "Oldest Continuously Operating English Constituted Lodge of Freemasons in the Western Hemisphere".
Handley died near Rae's Hall Plantation near Savannah in 1793. His burial place is now unknown but is presumed to be in Savannah.
- Freemasonry and United States Government, Chapter 4, By James Davis Carter, Committee on Masonic education and service, for the Grand Lodge of Texas
| Governor of Georgia