William Glascock

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This article is about the American politician. For the British naval officer and writer, see William Nugent Glascock. For William Glascock (MP), see Newport (Isle of Wight) (UK Parliament constituency).
William Glascock
Governor of Georgia
In office
January 7, 1779 – July 24, 1779
Preceded by John Houstoun
Succeeded by Seth J. Cuthbert
Personal details
Born (1730-05-28)May 28, 1730
Richmond County, Virginia
Died ca. December 23, 1793(1793-12-23) (aged 63)

William Glascock (May 28, 1730 – ca. December 23, 1793) served as Chairman of the Executive Council (governor) of Georgia during the American Revolution. He was from Augusta and was a veteran of the French and Indian War, Seminole Wars and the War of 1812. Glascock subsequently served in the Georgia General Assembly and the U.S. Congress. He was the father of Brigadier General Thomas Glascock Sr., and grandfather of Brigadier General Thomas Glascock Jr.

Early life[edit]

Glascock was born on May 28, 1730 in North Farnham Parish, Richmond County, Virginia, to Gregory and Alice (Elder) Glascock. He became a lawyer and moved to Augusta, Georgia. William had two children, Thomas, who married Mary Bacon, and Blanche, who married Captain Robert Walton.

Political life[edit]

In Augusta, he became involved in politics, serving as a representative in the Georgia House of Representatives. During the Revolutionary War, he was speaker of the house. Glascock was labeled as a "Rebel Counselor" in the Disqualifying Act of 1780.[1] This act was passed by Royal Governor James Wright and the King's Council who were angered by the continued patriot opposition to British rule in Georgia after the capture of Savannah in 1778. This act has become for Georgia an honor roll of its heroes of the Revolution.

In 1779, Glascock served as acting governor and helped establish the new state of Georgia government. In 1782, he was seated on the bench, having been appointed Justice for the Court of Richmond County. In 1783, he was appointed Commissioner of Indian Affairs for the State of Georgia.

On May 18, 1791, he hosted President George Washington at his home.[2][3]

Death and legacy[edit]

William Glascock died prior to December 23, 1793, the date on which his will was probated.[4] He is buried in Magnolia Cemetery in Augusta, Georgia along with his second wife, Elizabeth, and a grandson.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jones, Charles Colock (1883). Revolutionary epoch. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin. p. 422. Retrieved June 6, 2016. 
  2. ^ Peach, John Harding (2011). On the banks of the Rappahannock : a captivating story of romance and mystery in colonial virginia. Bloomington, In.: Authorhouse. p. 237. ISBN 1463419333. Retrieved June 6, 2016. 
  3. ^ Ebel, Carol. "Southern Tour". George Washington's Mount Vernon. Retrieved June 6, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Glascock, William Biography". Georgia Society, Sons of the American Revolution. Retrieved June 6, 2016. 
Political offices
Preceded by
John Houstoun
President of the Georgia Executive Council
1779
Succeeded by
Seth John Cuthbert