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John Houstoun, Patriot
August 31, 1744 John Houstoun born, St. George's Parish
  John Houstoun, Patriot
July 14, 1774 The Georgia Gazette publishes an invitation to a meeting at the "liberty pole" at Tondee's Tavern signed by George Walton, John Houstoun, Noble W. Jones and Archibald Bulloch
  John Houstoun, Patriot
  George Walton
July 24, 1774 Meeting at Tondee's Tavern to organize Georgia for the rebellion.
  John Houstoun, Patriot
January 23, 1775 Noble Wimberly Jones, Archibald Bullloch and John Houstoun selected to represent Georgia in the 2nd Continental Congress by 4 parishes. They refuse to take their seats because the number of counties do not represent a majority.
  Archibald Bulloch
  John Houstoun, Patriot
February 2, 1776 Provincial congress elects Archibald Bulloch, John Houstoun, Lyman Hall, Button Gwinnett and George Walton as representatives to the 2nd Continental Congress
  Lyman Hall
  John Houstoun, Patriot
  Button Gwinnett
  Archibald Bulloch
  George Walton
January 8, 1778 John Houstoun elected governor
  Governors of Georgia, 1733-1800
  John Houstoun, Patriot
January 10, 1778 John Houstoun becomes the first native-born Georgian to lead the executive branch.
  John Houstoun, Patriot
  Governors of Georgia, 1733-1800
January 9, 1784 John Houstoun begins his second term as governor
  John Houstoun, Patriot
  Governors of Georgia, 1733-1800
February 25, 1784 Georgia grants 40,000 acres to form a state college. The men on the board include John Houstoun, James Habersham, William Few, Joseph Clay, William Houstoun, Nathan Brownson and Abraham Baldwin
  John Houstoun, Patriot
  Abraham Baldwin
  William Few
March 8, 1790 John Houstoun begins a term as mayor of Savannah
  City of Savannah, Georgia
  John Houstoun, Patriot
May 12, 1791 George Washington reaches Savannah via ship and is greeted by, among others, Noble W. Jones, Lachlan McIntosh, Joseph Habersham, and John Houstoun
  City of Savannah, Georgia
  John Houstoun, Patriot
  Lachlan McIntosh
  George Washington in Georgia
  George Washington
July 20, 1796 John Houstoun dies, near Savannah
  Savannah, Georgia births and deaths
  John Houstoun, Patriot
May 15, 1821 Houstoun County created
  John Houstoun, Patriot
  Creation of Georgia Counties
  Houston County, Georgia


One of four men to issue the initial call for a meeting to take place at Tondee's Tavern on July 27, 1775, Houston was selected as one of five men to attend the Continental Congress that drafted the Declaration of Independence. He was a commander of the Third Florida Expedition, whose mission was undermined by the dissention among the commanders. Houston ran for governor three times, winning the position twice (1778, 1784) and was governor of Georgia when Savannah fell into British hands. He is commonly believed to be one of the originators of the "Sons of Liberty," a group of radical Whigs. He was mayor of Savannah in 1789 and 1790.




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