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By George

 King George II of England signed the charter creating the colony of Georgia on April 21, 1732. Originally administered by a board of trustees, the colony later came under the direct governance of the king, from 1752 until his death in 1760, when his grandson George III assumed the throne.

The recent birth of Prince George of Cambridge, the future king of England, created excitement around the world. But did you know that one of the prince's very distant ancestors, King George II, gave our state its name? The newly created Georgia colony was governed for its first twenty years by a Board of Trustees, which disbanded in 1752. The colony was then ruled by a provincial council until 1754, when John Reynolds was appointed the first royal governor. Unfortunately, he was quite lacking in diplomacy and was soon ousted. Henry Ellis, the colony's second governor, was appointed in 1757. Both he and his successor, James Wright, ruled the colony well—until Wright incurred disfavor on the eve of the American Revolution (1776-83). By then King George III was on the throne, and Georgia soon found itself at war with the grandson of its namesake!

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