Stephen Heard (November 1, 1740 – November 15, 1815) was briefly the 12th Governor of Georgia (a position later known as Governor) from when he was appointed on February 18, 1780 until Nathan Brownson was elected the tenth Governor of Georgia in August 1781 (Myrick Davies served as president of the council in 1781 and is listed by some as de facto chief executive for some period of time). One record lists Heard as resigning as president in 1782.
Heard's Fort  was built in Wilkes County, Georgia as a stockade in 1774, by Stephen Heard. Heard's Fort was designated the Seat of Government for Georgia on February 3, 1780, a position it held until 1781. The Fort set the groundwork for what become the town of Washington, Georgia.