(1735 – September 17, 1807) was the Governor
of the state of Georgia
in 1786, and from 1790 through 1793. He was a member of the Continental Congress
, and a signer of the Articles of Confederation
Telfair was born in 1735 in Town Head, Scotland
, graduated from the Kirkcudbright Grammar School, and then acquired commercial training. He immigrated to America
in 1758 as agent of a commercial house, settling in Virginia
. Telfair subsequently moved to Halifax, North Carolina
, and finally Savannah, Georgia
, where he established a commission house
Telfair was a slave owner
and consultant on slavery issues. His mercantile firm dealt in slaves, among other things, and existing correspondence include discussions of the management of slaves, purchase and sale of slaves, runaway slaves, the mortality rate of slaves born on a plantation, the difficulty of selling closely related slaves, and the relations between whites and free blacks.
Telfair was a member of the council of safety
(1775-1776), and was a delegate to the Provincial Congress
meeting at Savannah (1776). Telfair was a also member of the Georgia committee of intelligence in 1776.
Telfair was elected to the Continental Congress for 1778,... Read More