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 Joseph Habersham

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Joseph Habersham Famous memorial

Birth
Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, USA
Death
17 Nov 1815 (aged 64)
Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, USA
Burial
Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, USA
Memorial ID
6661806 View Source

Postmaster General of the United States. Born one of three sons of Mary Bolton and James Habersham, a prominent merchant, in Savannah, Georgia. In the years preceding the American Revolution, after graduating from Princeton, he went into business with is father, but came down in the Patriot camp politically, as opposed to the professed Loyalist sympathies of his father. With his father's death in 1775, he joined the Council of Safety and the Provincial Council. He served as a major with the Georgia militiamen, and after the outbreak of hostilities, a colonel in the 1st Georgia Regiment of the Continental Army. He was twice captured, once at the fall of Savannah and again at the fall of Charleston, and was both times exchanged to continue in active service throughout the war. After the war, he served as Speaker of the Georgia House in 1785, as a member of the Georgia convention in 1788, which ratified the Constitution, and as as mayor of Savannah from 1792 to 1793. In 1795, he was appointed Postmaster General by President Washington and served until 1801. He then returned to Georgia and his life as a planter and merchant. He was appointed the president of the Savannah branch of the Bank of the United States, a position he held until the bank folded in 1815. He succumbed to natural causes later that year at the age of 64; within three years, a newly formed county in northeast Georgia was named in his honor.

Postmaster General of the United States. Born one of three sons of Mary Bolton and James Habersham, a prominent merchant, in Savannah, Georgia. In the years preceding the American Revolution, after graduating from Princeton, he went into business with is father, but came down in the Patriot camp politically, as opposed to the professed Loyalist sympathies of his father. With his father's death in 1775, he joined the Council of Safety and the Provincial Council. He served as a major with the Georgia militiamen, and after the outbreak of hostilities, a colonel in the 1st Georgia Regiment of the Continental Army. He was twice captured, once at the fall of Savannah and again at the fall of Charleston, and was both times exchanged to continue in active service throughout the war. After the war, he served as Speaker of the Georgia House in 1785, as a member of the Georgia convention in 1788, which ratified the Constitution, and as as mayor of Savannah from 1792 to 1793. In 1795, he was appointed Postmaster General by President Washington and served until 1801. He then returned to Georgia and his life as a planter and merchant. He was appointed the president of the Savannah branch of the Bank of the United States, a position he held until the bank folded in 1815. He succumbed to natural causes later that year at the age of 64; within three years, a newly formed county in northeast Georgia was named in his honor.

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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: Garver Graver
  • Added: 5 Aug 2002
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 6661806
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/6661806/joseph-habersham: accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Habersham (28 Jul 1751–17 Nov 1815), Find a Grave Memorial ID 6661806, citing Colonial Park Cemetery, Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave.