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Midway in Liberty County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Button Gwinnett

 
 
Button Gwinnett Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 2, 2008
1. Button Gwinnett Marker
Inscription. In this, Saint John`s Parish, (now Liberty County), lived Button Gwinnett, signer of the Declaration of Independence, member of the Continental Congress, Speaker of the Assembly, and President of the Executive Council. He also was a member of the Convention that met in Savannah in October, 1776, in which he played a prominent part in drafting the first Constitution of the State of Georgia.

Born in Gloucestershire, England, in 1735, son of a Church of England vicar, Button Gwinnett came to Georgia in 1765 and acquired a store in Savannah. He shortly purchased St. Catherines Island in this parish. He moved to the island at once and engaged in farming and cattle raising. His business was transacted in Sunbury, then a thriving port.

On May 16, 1777, Mr. Gwinnett was mortally wounded in a duel fought on the outskirts of Savannah with Gen. Lachlan McIntosh, dying on May 19. Mr. Gwinnett`s grave is supposedly in Savannah, but its exact location is unknown and unmarked. One of his rare autographs sold for over $50,000.
 
Erected 1954 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 089-2.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission, and the Signers of the Declaration of Independence marker series.
 
Location.
Button Gwinnett Marker, along US 17 image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 2, 2008
2. Button Gwinnett Marker, along US 17
31° 48.324′ N, 81° 25.824′ W. Marker is in Midway, Georgia, in Liberty County. Marker is on U.S. 17. Touch for map. Marker is at Midway Church in Midway, Georgia. Marker is in this post office area: Midway GA 31320, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Nathan Brownson (here, next to this marker); Dr. Lyman Hall (a few steps from this marker); Midway Church (a few steps from this marker); Kilpatrick and Mower at Midway Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Road to Sunbury (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Sunbury Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Savannah-New Inverness Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Midway Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Midway.
 
Also see . . .  New Georgia Encyclopedia. Button Gwinnett was one of three Georgia signers of the Declaration of Independence. He served in Georgia's colonial legislature, in the Second Continental Congress, and as president of Georgia's Revolutionary Council of Safety. (Submitted on July 4, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraGovernmentNotable PersonsWar, US Revolutionary
 
Button Gwinnett Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, February 18, 2011
3. Button Gwinnett Marker
Showing proximity to other area markers.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 4, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,145 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 4, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   3. submitted on April 14, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Christopher Busta-Peck was the editor who published this page.
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