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William Few, Jr

  • Birth 6 Jun 1748 Baltimore County, Maryland, USA
  • Death 16 Jul 1828 Fishkill, Dutchess County, New York, USA
  • Burial Augusta, Richmond County, Georgia, USA
  • Memorial ID 4723

US Senator, Signer of Constitution. Born into a small farm family he overcame poverty, limited educational opportunities and family hardships to become one of America's important military and political leaders. His passion for American freedom was fueled when his brother was hanged by Loyalists for his part in a North Carolina frontier uprising organized to protest the heavy taxes being levied by Britain. The family fled to Georgia leaving Few behind to tie up family financial and personal affairs. While in North Carolina he participated in the state's militia training, but was unable to serve due to his family obligations. However, the training proved invaluable when he rejoined his family in their new home near Augusta, Georgia. When he moved to Georgia he joined the local militia and spent the next few years training the citizen- soldiers. In 1778 he saw his first military action when his regiment attempted to impede a British invasion from Florida. The battle resulted in a sound defeat by the British but inspired the young soldier to review the militia's strategy. Later that year the British captured Savannah almost completely destroying the Georgia militia. Few's regiment, of which he was second in command, regrouped and using "guerrilla warfare type" tactics kept the British and Loyalist forces off guard protecting Augusta and keeping them from getting a stronger foothold in the area. Soon the forces were diverted to Virginia and Few was credited with helping save Georgia from falling completely into enemy hands. The leadership he displayed as a soldier propelled him into local political prominence and led the area's political leaders to appoint him to the Continental Congress and as a delegate to the Continental Convention. Even though he was not overtly active at the convention he worked hard in the Congress to assure the Constitution's ratification. After the new document was ratified he was selected as one of Georgia's original US Senators. He served from 1789 to 1793 before returning to Georgia where he served another term in the state legislature and sat as a circuit court judge. In 1799 he left Georgia and moved to his wife's home state of New York. While there he served in that state's legislature, was the state's prison inspector and worked as director and president of the Manhattan Bank before retiring to his New York country home. He died and was buried in New York in 1828, but in 1976 his remains were moved to Saint Paul's Cemetery in Augusta, Georgia.

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  • Added: 15 Mar 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 4723
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for William Few, Jr (6 Jun 1748–16 Jul 1828), Find A Grave Memorial no. 4723, citing Saint Paul's Episcopal Church Cemetery, Augusta, Richmond County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .