James Armstrong (Georgia politician)
|State Assembly of Georgia|
|Died||1800 (aged 71–72)|
James Armstrong (1728–1800) was a state representative in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1787–1790. Before this, he served in the Continental Army, in the 2nd Pennsylvania Regiment, 3rd Pennsylvania Regiment, and Lee's Legion, rising to the rank of captain during the war. He was captured in 1781 by the British, in South Carolina, and remained a prisoner until the end of the war. During the United States presidential election of 1788–89 he received one electoral vote. He died in 1800.
James Armstrong was born in 1728, in Pennsylvania. Much of his early life is unknown. He served in the Revolutionary War, starting in February 1776 when he became Regional Quartermaster of the 2nd Pennsylvania Regiment of the Continental Army. He became an ensign of the 5th Company of the same regiment on 21 May, and was promoted to second lieutenant on 11 November. He was commissioned as first lieutenant of the 3rd Pennsylvania Regiment in April 1777, and subsequently joined the 1st Mounted Troop of Lee's Legion. During his service with Lee's Legion Armstrong was captured by British dragoons led by Major John Coffin, in Dorchester, South Carolina, on 30 December 1781, along with four privates under his command. He remained a prisoner until the end of the war, by which time he had been promoted to captain. Armstrong was considered to be a brave and daring commander by many, including Alexander Garden.
After the war, Armstrong became a member of the Society of the Cincinnati, joining both the Georgia and Pennsylvania chapters. Armstrong settled in Camden County, Georgia, as one of the first settlers of Colerain. Armstrong accumulated 66,000 acres of land by claiming land bounties offered to war veterans by Georgia. He represented Camden County in the Georgia General Assembly in 1787 and 1790, and served on the Executive Council from 1788–1790. He was a member of the Federalist Party. He died in 1800.
Election of 1788–1789
James Armstrong was given one electoral vote in the United States presidential election of 1788–1789 by George Walton, one of the five Georgian electors who were selected by the Georgia General Assembly on 7 January 1789. The election resulted in a win for George Washington, who received 69 electoral votes. Other candidates included: John Adams with 34 electoral votes, John Jay with nine electoral votes, Robert H. Harrison with six electoral votes, John Rutledge with six electoral votes, John Hancock with four electoral votes, George Clinton with three electoral votes, Samuel Huntington with two electoral votes, John Milton with two electoral votes, Benjamin Lincoln with one electoral vote, and Edward Telfair with one electoral vote.
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